Launched in 2016, Cardiff University Medical Imaging Society (or simply CUMIS for short!) was established by a group of students with a vested interest in all facets of medical imaging and radiology as a career speciality. The society has enjoyed a successful introductory year, and provided students at all stages of medical school with tricks and tips on image interpretation, research opportunities and career advice.
Based at Heath Park Campus site,University Hospital Wales, we have been fortunate to establish links and collaborate with a growing team of junior doctors and consultants across numerous Welsh Health Boards, with a passion to teach and inspire interest in the subspecialties of Radiology, and hope to maintain and nurture these relationships in the future.
With regards to education, we have hosted a number of popular ‘Imaging Interpretation Series’, focusing on a particular imaging modality. Over a number of weeks, core anatomical and pathological concepts are introduced by foundation and radiological core trainee doctors, before practising a systematic approach in student-led small group sessions. Large lecture-based revision sessions have also been very well-attended, identifying that students desire more opportunities to pursue radiology teaching!
Career and research/audit evenings hosted by consultant and speciality doctors have also garnered a significant degree of interest from students contemplating a career in radiology. Alongside this, we have also recognised that radiology is involved throughout the majority of medical specialities. To this end, we have collaborated with related societies and medical departments in hosting charity and teaching events, addressing topics including the implications of radiation, and the use of radiology in oncology and related treatment strategies.
CUMIS is excited at the prospect of working with the RCR as part of the URSA to grow further and provide new opportunities to our members. As a rapidly advancing field involving ever-evolving imaging and interventional techniques, we look forward to collaborative and learning opportunities with those in similar organisations.
For more information, please visit our website at www.cumis.co.uk to follow our activity throughout the 2017/18 year.