Last term, Trinity held round one of the annual Lower Sixth MDV Soc (Medical, Dental & Veterinary Society) Presentation competition. Participating students were asked to read books or research papers that interested them and give a five-minute presentation. Twenty-eight students presented topics as wide-ranging as Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality rates to AI in Healthcare 

Eight students were then shortlisted to compete against each other for the final round, which was judged by Trinity’s Head of Science Mr Flanagan and Dr Emer McGilloway, Clinical Lead Consultant Rehabilitation Medicine King’s College Foundation Trust, who is also a Trinity parent.   

Finalists of Trinity's MDV presentation competition

The finalists, and their topics were: 

  • Dylan: Food and the brain 
  • Sumant: History of heart operations 
  • Alice: The future of organ transplants 
  • Maya: How ethnicity effects bone marrow transplants  
  • Leah: Teenagers and antidepressants  
  • Alex: Does hearing loss cause dementia?   
  • Micah: Should the sugar tax be implemented internationally? 
  • Ella: Psychedelic drugs within medicine  

As well as presenting on their chosen topic again, each student had to participate in a Q&A session. The depth and breadth of knowledge demonstrated by the students was impressive and often went above and beyond A Level knowledge. 

Maya was chosen as this year’s winner. Judges found her level of knowledge of the processes of bone marrow transplants impressive, well-researched and her clear link to real clinical practice meaningful, setting her presentation apart from the others. She said, “I am overjoyed and shocked to have won as the level of the competition was extremely high. I am really glad that I had the opportunity to spread awareness of my topic and the charity aclt.org.”

In addition, Alex delivered a fascinating presentation on a complex topic, that was both detailed and engaging and came in at a close second. Judges found Dylan’s presentation ‘passionate and engaging’, and the evaluation of his sources was thorough, clearly structured, and thought provoking and he came third. 

Ms Bala, Teacher of Biology, in charge of MDV, commented, “The calibre of the subject matter reviewed was exceptional, and the interest and enthusiasm each participant had for their topics meant the competition was very close.” 

Dr McGilloway commented, “It is wonderful to know that students of this calibre want to do Medicine and it was certainly a highlight of my week to listen to their well-researched presentations.” 

Well done to the winners, and all the participants and many thanks to Dr McGilloway for giving us her time. Watch this space! We are sure to see these students make waves in the future world of medicine. 

MDV Soc is one of the many co-curricular societies at Trinity. It aims to give students interested in pursuing a career in the field additional opportunities to complement their A Level studies by expanding their knowledge and challenging their views. 

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