MedSoc Store

Do you like feeling cozy? Do you like hoodies but brands make you look far too Slavic? Do you need some sportswear for the winter, but you live in green campus and going to Decathlon takes you the same amount of time it takes you to go back to your home country?Well... MedSoc has the solution for you!The Harvey course collection is out now in a variety of colors!Here’s how this is going to work:Click on the button below to go the store. Once there, you can select your design, size, and color and confirm the order.You can perform the payments according to the schedule in this link (other payment options are being developed but for now, CASH is how it’s going to go):first order will be placed on Monday, December 10th, at 9:00AM, so if you want to get yours before Christmas, place your order now!Needless to say that this is not for personal profit, any and all revenue will be directed towards MedSoc events to make them bigger and better (or cheaper).Here's the list of MedSoc members availability before the New Year.  The MedSoc office is located at Collegio Alessandro Volta, in front of the "J.D. Bernal and J. Needham" library. Contact information:Josh Harvey:  +39 327 293 3423Mehrad Mansoubi:  +39 333 395 6466Maria Sampani:  +39 347 370 8748Raquel Couto:  +39 334 735 6929Shaul Gordon:  +39 333 996 6992Anamaria Solcan Savu:  +39 389 195 0509Lorenzo Rubbini:  +39 333 941 6647  MedSoc Store

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Harvey MedSoc’s Sweater Fest

Winter is coming (quite literally) and Harvey MedSoc is happy to bring on some warm evenings and deeds. Our traditional Sweater Fest is not only a great evening with music and dancing, but also a charity event; the entrance fee is 1 euro and any piece of warm clothing - a coat, a scarf, gloves, sweaters or anything else you don't wear anymore and could be of use by somebody else. Everything will later be collected by the charity organisation Caritas and distributed to those in need in Pavia. Don't forget to click "going" on our Facebook event and join us for this incredible opportunity to spread the good, have fun, listen to great music and spend time together! Stay tuned as we announce our line-up in the coming days! Event

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ABIO Pavia

Hello Harvey students, If you think that serving those in need is a crucial part of medicine, you might as well be willing to devote some of your free time and become a volunteer! But where to go? You can actually have the opportunity to be a member of ABIO PAVIA and subsequently volunteer in the departments of Pediatrics and Neuropsychiatry. Some more information about ABIO Pavia and your potential role: ABIO Pavia is an Association, which its purpose is to study, promote and implement initiatives aimed at welcoming children who need hospitalization and their families. It aims to minimize the psycho-affective traumas related to the hospitalization of the children and works with volunteers who have followed training courses, and without a therapeutic task, fit discreetly and willingly among the health worker, the sick children and their parents/guardians. Requirements and difficulties: Being a volunteer demands both communication skills and commitment and those qualifications are fundamental for ABIO Pavia. Thus, a basic-average level of Italian language is necessary, along with the time commitment of at least 3 hours per week in the hospital. However, you can find out more detail, if you join our first informing meeting on Wednesday 21st of November, which does not assume your further participation, however, in case you want to be volunteers, the attendance is mandatory. Last but not least, we have contacted the members of the association explaining our limited time and we were met with particularly welcoming will to be more lenient on the students regarding shifts in the hospital, as long as they are regular. We are attempting to accomplish a long-term collaboration with this association and we strongly believe that this will be a motive for international students to start learning the italian language; an important qualification for the clinical years. Furthermore, through experience, we will acquire the demanded compassion and flexibility for our future profession. A Day in Pediatric Ward Corso di formazione per i volontari ABIO

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Empathy and Compassion in Clinical Care

We are back on track with our series of bioethical talks and we’re proud to welcome to Pavia, another world-renowned ethicist: professor Debjani Mukherjee, from Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.Professor Mukherjee, PhD, is going to deal with the ethical aspects of physical and mental rehabilitation. Each of us might have already encountered the dramatically devastating conditions of physical or mental impairment in elderly people and, in general, have experienced how demanding it can be to give care to those who are in their frailest moments as mortal beings. Doctors deal with such aspects of the human condition every day and professor Mukherjee is going to help us find our way in this complex field. Save the date and get ready for an emotionally intense talk.“Our ultimate goal, after all, is not a good death but a good life to the very end.” Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End Event

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Freshers’ Pub Crawl

New year - new route!Everyone is welcome to join for another spectacular pub crawl as we celebrate this magical journey that we are on!Surprises are set up along the route for whoever makes it alive!First years - MedSoc members will be there to guide you if you get lost (although, shouldn't be too hard to find, honestly - just follow the drunks)!This is the first event planned by the 2018/19 committee and this year will be bigger and better than ever!PUB CRAWL ROUTE CONFIRMED19.00-20.00 Unibar 5€ for aperitivo20.00-21.00 Bar Vittoria in Piazza Vittoria 3€ for medium beer 2€ for small beer, 4€ for spritz, 3.5€ for other drinks and 0.80€ for shots21.00-22.00 Zamzam 5€ for a drink and two shots, also all the food for 3€22.00-23.00 Shot Me Down 2.8€ for the shots23.00-24.00 New Street 4€ for a drink and a shot After that we will go to Radio Aut for a private party for usWe will have an exciting suprise for all of you that will be revealed during the aperitivo! Event

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Breast Cancer

The Night by Michele di Ridolfo del Ghirlandaio (1555), believed to be the first depiction of breast cancer in art. Authored by Maria Sampani October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, stressing out the importance of early detection and proper treatment. What is breast cancer? Breast cancer is a disease in which cancer (malignant) cells form in the breast tissues. Most types of cancer cells eventually form a lump or mass called a tumor, and are named after the part of the body where the tumor originates, as well as the type of cell. There are two types of (original) breast cancer: the ductal carcinoma, which is more common, and the lobular carcinoma. In the ductal carcinoma, the cancer begins in the lining of milk ducts, while in the lobular it begins in the lobules (milk glands) of the breast. Invasive breast cancer occurs when the cancer has spread from the initial points (milk ducts or lobules) to surrounding normal tissue. Breast cancer affects both men and women, in a ratio of 1:150. Breast cancer facts Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second most common cancer overall. There are 2 million new cases in 2018 and approximately 460,000 deaths from breast cancer each year. It affects 1 in every 8 women, and 1 in every 1,000 men. In the US, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer and every 13 minutes a woman dies of breast cancer. Early detection is the cornerstone of breast cancer control, increasing tremendously the chances of survival. Anatomy of the breasts The breast consists of Mammary (Milk) glands (lobules) that produce and supply milk. Milk ducts that transfer milk from the lobules to the nipple. Nipple. Areola (pink/brown pigment surrounding the nipple). Adipose tissue. Connective tissue. The female adult breast is composed of 15-20 lobes, which are made up of many smaller lobules and surround the nipple in a radial manner. Lymph nodes are located in the…

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Freshers’ Welcome Aperitivo

Welcome, Harvey class of 2024!To officially welcome you and start off this new academic year, the Harvey Medical Society invites you all to come and meet us in Safarà Cafè! We will meet for aperitivo and offer our experience on how to set up in Pavia. The event is open to ALL class of 2024 and other Harvey students. Therefore, it's a great way to find answers to your questions about Harvey course and Pavia.Upper years, lets help them start off this amazing journey!LOCATION: Safarà Cafè - Corso Strada Nuova 30 - PaviaThe event starts at 7PM.See ya there! Event

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Gender Bias in Medicine

Hypnotic Seance by Richard Bergh, 1887 Authored By Rania Jardak On our second class of Ethics, here at the university of Pavia, we have been told: “In medicine, there are no cause-effect; there are causes AND effects”. I invite you to think about the causes and effects of every cell function and its physiological manifestation - but I also invite you to think about the causes AND effects of every diagnosis, of every medical assumption, of every waiting room attitude. I extend my invitation further to also think about how the causes AND effects of a same nature or expression affect for different groups of people. We must be able not only to apply our knowledge onto different patients, but we must be able to be critical about the very application itself. Our lifelong exposure to ideas stored as biased information serves as a reservoir for our unconscious processes. This tends to be translated into biased attitudes and reactions when we are not actively being consciously unbiased. Ceding to bias is an “human trait”, one that would be exhausting to eliminate from our every thought process, but a trait that can cause harm when you know just enough science and that you are culturally being attributed just enough authority to have the power to influence another being’s health - such as when you are a healthcare provider. Now let us be clear - medical professionals have the best interest of the patient, all patients, in mind. This may however not suffice to beat biases that are inherited from higher levels (historical, institutional, societal, academical) of the medical field.Bias occurs in medicine not by deliberate malpractice or by lack of good will, but it occurs due to broader socio-political stratification of society in relation to gender, race, age and other variables that, in the most fortunate of situations, provide clues and context to explain a pathological manifestation but that may, more often than wished for, blur the true origin of…

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Mentorship Program

Hello dear Harveys and Harveysses! MedSoc is back on track for another year of mind-opening social and academic events that will bring us closer together and to our goals as medical students. We are proud to open this year, as is tradition, with the launching of the Harvey mentorship program! Do you remember what it was like when you first got to Pavia? not knowing how to find an apartment, not knowing what bus line takes you to class or even how to get a ticket for it? Where the good libraries are, where to find study material and even where you can go out if you don't feel like going to Zamzam. The first year students are coming and we want to make them feel at home as quickly as possible - and that's why we need YOU! We are looking for volunteers to adopt the incoming first year Harvey students and help them during their first months of studies and integration in Pavia. How can you help? 1. Be available to help your mentee with questions in such fields as: the university and its organization, study material, 'where to go?’ in Pavia, Italian bureaucracy etc. 2. Welcome them into the Harvey family - show them around and introduce them to some of your classmates 3. Be their contact person in case of emergency (we’re talking real emergency here, not when they're out of 'stuff’…) How can you do it? 1. If you're interested, fill out the signup form (link at the end of this post) 2. We will contact the first year students and create a list of the ones asking for a mentor and assign the couples based on: a. Whether the mentee asks for a mentor from the same country (because we understand that some problems, especially bureaucratic, are country specific) b. Whether the mentee or the mentor prefers to be assigned to a partner of the same sex 3. As soon as we're done…

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Stem Cell Models of Differentiation and Regeneration

Professor Virginie Sottile, from University of Nottingham, will talk about the different model of stem cell differentiation and regeneration with two specific focuses: neural stem cells for CNS and mesenchymal progenitors for metabolic and skeletal conditions. To all of you that are interested in neurology and cutting edge research on stem cells, this is for you. "Stem cell research is the key to developing cures for degenerative conditions like Parkinson's and motor neuron disease from which I and many others suffer." Stephen Hawking Event

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