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November 2023

MedRACE Open Meeting and launch of MedRACE+

Group discussion at MedRACE open meetingOn 29th November, MedRACE was pleased to welcome staff and students from across Life Sciences and the NHS to our second Open Meeting. Our big topic of conversation was what is next for MedRACE and the launch of MedRACE+, our partner groups spearheading projects across Disability and Long Term Conditions (MedDIaLeCt), and LGBTQ+ (MedPRIDE Leicester). Table discussion groups shared their ideas and of course, there was cake! See more pictures from the event

October 2023

Slide from Black History Month digital poster campaignBlack History Month

This year, MedRACE marked Black History Month with a digital poster and social media campaign, led by Phoebe Avbulimen and Ololade Tijani, that celebrated the achievements of our Black members and local University Hospitals Leicester professionals. Members also participated in a range of events across the University, including a health and wellbeing event. 

Lupus Awareness Month 

In response to a request from a Medical School student, MedRACE facilitated a social media and digital poster campaign to raise awareness of the chronic autoimmune disease, Lupus. In people with lupus, the immune system creates autoantibodies to attack the body’s tissues. Lupus is two to three times more common in African-American women than in Caucasian women. It's also more common in Hispanic, Asian, and Native American women. African-American and Hispanic women are more likely to have severe forms of lupus so it’s very important to identify the signs in different skins.

July 2023

MedRACE Open Meeting: Connecting, sharing ideas and celebrating student contribution

Cupcakes with Medrace logoStaff and students were invited to join a celebratory round up of MedRACE activity in our open MedRACE meeting, on Monday 17 July, in the George Davies Centre. This was an opportunity to say goodbye to our outgoing student co-chairs and reflect on MedRACE's activity over the last few years. A student-led activity allowed discussion and contribution to to the future direction of MedRACE. Oh, and there was lots of cake! Read more and see photos from the event.

Loughborough University doctoral-researcher led conference

MedRACE students Wendy Tetteh and Takunda Nhiwatiwa were guest speakers at the inaugural  Unequal Academic Citizenships’ (‘CITHEI’) Centre for Doctoral Training conference at Loughborough University, sharing MedRACE's work to develop a racially inclusive curriculum.

April 2023

Welcoming our new student co-chairs

Group of 4 studentsThis month, our student co-chairs Wendy Tetteh and Takunda Nhiwatiwa handed over the baton to new student co-chairs Amardeep Sidki and Kiran Bhavra! Read more about our MedRACE co-chairs and why MedRACE is important to them.

British Society for Haematology

MedRACE Staff co-chair Dr Shameq Sayeed spoke on diversity in UK undergraduate training education, sharing examples of MedRACE projects at the British Society for Haematology Annual Scientific Meeting, April 2023 (Annual Scientific Meeting 2023 recording available).

March 2023

MedRACE at Advance HE EDI Conference

Two students giving a conference presentationMedRACE members Takunda Nhiwatiwa and Amardeep Sidki gave an oral presentation the MedRACE inclusive curriculum project, co-creation and delivery in the medical curriculum at Advance HE's national EDI conference, held in Hull.

Collaboration to raise awareness of skin conditions

MedRACE have collaborated with Leicester Dermatology Society (@leicesterdermatology) to produce a set of educational social media posts to raise awareness about skin conditions that disproportionately affect people of colour. Read more on Instagram @uol_medrace.

February 2023

Logo for Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network ConferenceMidlands Racial Equality in Medicine Network Conference 2023 at Leicester

MedRACE was delighted to support the MREM Network conference, on Saturday 11 March, which this year was co-directed by MedRACE members Takunda Nhiwatiwa and Kiran Bhavra! The event featured keynote speakers, a student panel, posters and workshops. The MedRACE team was in full force to help with the smooth running of the day. This student-led event was free and open to students and staff. Read more about Midlands Racial Equality in Medicine Conference 2023

January 2023

MedRACE succeeds in driving positive change in University Hospitals Leicester policy

Sikh Kara bangle

MedRACE worked with the University Hospitals Trust (UHL) to change local NHS policy regarding the Kara; a metal bangle worn by Sikhs, after MedRACE member Amardeep Sidki highlighted this as a equality issue. After a thorough review, it was agreed across all UHL sites that the Kara does not need to be removed when in the hospital, including surgical scrubbing. Read more in Amardeep's blog.

September 2022

EDI induction and active bystander training delivered to almost 1000 students!

Throughout September, staff and students of MedRACE have co-delivered EDI and active bystander training sessions. This involved 5 lectures and over 40 group work sessions reaching nearly 1000 students in foundation year, year 1, year 3 and final year students! Audience participation and engagement in these sessions has allowed for many views and opinions to be raised, enhancing the delivery of these sessions.

Panel speakers at Black History Month Symposium

Panel and audience at Black History Month EventMedRACE students Ololade Tijani and Divine Maduka contributed to a panel discussion on the experiences of Black students at the University of Leicester, as part of the College of Life Sciences inaugural Black History Month Symposium.

MedRACE presentation and workshop at UK Medical Schools EDI Network Meeting (12 September)

MedRACE student co-chairs Takunda Nhiwatia and Wendy Tetteh spoke on their perspectives on Race Equality within medical schools and medical education, and Divine Maduka joined Takunda to run a workshop on the importance of students in the development of inclusive curricula in Medical Education.

June 2022

Speaker Event: Tackling Differential Attainment in Medical Education, Professor Katherine Woolf, UCL

Held on Wednesday 22 June, in person with remote access

The GMC has pledged to “eradicate disadvantage and discrimination in medical education and training” by 2031. Professor Katherine Woolf, UCL, presented an overview of the evidence in relation to differential attainment by ethnicity in medical education and shared evidence-based suggestions for tackling this pervasive problem. 

This event was jointly hosted by Leicester University Medics Afro-Caribbean Society (LUMACS) and MedRACE, supported by the University of Leicester Medical School.


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