OSOP March Newsletter
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Hello OSOPers!
It’s been a fantastic start to the year for OSOP, after welcoming a new committee in January we have already held two speaker events, visited three schools for Teddy Bear Hospital and ran various play helper sessions. We were delighted to welcome Dr Hilary Cass, President of the Royal College of Paediatricians and Child Health, who spoke about revolutionising a child’s entry point to health care, a topic that stimulated us all to start thinking about the future of Paediatric services. Dr Kate Wheeler gave us an exciting overview of Paediatric Oncology at one of our best attended events yet – it was great to see so many of you there fuelling your interests in paediatrics! We hope to expand our numbers even further, we have recruited a preclinical TBH rep and are looking to recruit an OSOP preclinical rep to bridge the gap with the medical students down the hill.
Our next event will be at 1pm this Friday 13th March, in the academic corridor conference room at the JR, when we will welcome Dr Dominic Kelly to share his experiences of working with children in Nepal. Obviously as this is at lunchtime, and in true OSOP style, copious refreshments will be provided!
See you all on Friday!
Kate Millar

Speaker Events

Dr Dominic Kelly
Ten Years in Nepal – Preventing Meningitis and Pneumonia

WHEN: Friday 13th March, 1pm
WHERE: Conference Room, Academic Corridor, JR Hospital

The Oxford Society of Paediatrics is delighted to present Dr Dominic Kelly who will be sharing his experiences of working with children in Nepal.

The talk will be half an hour at 1pm, so bring your lunch along to the conference room on the academic corridor. 

Refreshments provided!

Dr Simon Drysdale
Risk Factors for RSV

WHEN: Wednesday 1st April
WHERE: Seminar Room 2, West Wing, Children’s Hospital Teaching Suite

Come along to our joint event with TRANSFuSE!

Dr Simon Drysdale will be joining us to talk about risk factors for RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) infection - the most important pathogen causing hospitalisation in infants in the UK. We will look at and discuss papers on lung function and genetics.

As always, there will be ample refreshments!

Fundraising Events

Oxford Mail OX5 RUN

WHEN: Sunday 29th March
WHERE: Blenheim Palace

OSOP is taking on the OX5 RUN to raise money for the Oxford Chidlren's Hospital! 
The 5 mile run around the beautiful grounds of Blenheim palace is one of the Children's Hospital's biggest fundraisers and last year  raised a record-breaking £114,000. So join us on the 29th March to help raise money for a great cause!

National Events

Academic Paediatrics Association Conference

WHEN: 26th - 27th March
WHERE: Leeds

National Medical Student Paediatric Conference

WHEN: 2nd - 3rd May
WHERE: Brighton

For more information regarding either of these events, please email

Teddy Bear Hospital
Teddy Bear Hospital has gone from strength to strength this year with record numbers of volunteers signing up so thank you all for your help and support! Since January, we have run three sessions at local primary schools. The year twos at St Barnabas School learnt how to call 999 for sick teddies, why we might go to the GPs and what doctors do. Following the success of that session we were brought back for more fun with their year ones! At Christ Church Cathedral school, children in reception, year one and year two eagerly got scrubbed up for theatre, helped bandage up poorly teddies (and poorly volunteers), and learnt about the important organs in the body. The school thanked us with delicious cupcakes and a lovely card! 
To help manage our rapidly expanding team, we have also recruited a preclinical TBH rep! The competition was impressive and all candidates were exceptionally qualified, but we have chosen Jack Groom to take on the position. Congratulations Jack, and thank you to everyone who applied.
If an hour and a half of playing doctors sounds like fun to you and you're keen to get involved (which you definitely should be!) then please send us an e-mail at so we can add you to the mailing list. We look forward to seeing you there!

Play Helpers
The play helpers scheme is a newly established project run in the children's hospital. Medical students from all year groups get the chance to visit the children in the outpatients department and brighten up their days with new toys, games and just all-round good fun. Going to hospital can be a scary experience for these children and this scheme helps to take away that fear and replace it with something all the more positive. No prior experience with children is required and we are always looking for smiley, enthusiastic medical students to sign up for sessions! If you are interested, please get in touch with!
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