Cambridge Medical Graduates Society Annual Dinner and AGM
The Cambridge Medical Graduates Society (CMGS) was honoured to have Mr Henry Marsh FRCS as the guest speaker at the annual dinner at Magdalene College on 4 July 2015. The acclaimed neurosurgeon and bestselling author of ‘First Do No Harm’ entertained the audience with witty anecdotes from his surgical days and his more recent adventures in the literary world.
He started with a quote from the French surgeon René Leriche: ‘Every surgeon carries within himself a small cemetery, where from time to time he goes to pray – a place of bitterness and regret, where he must look for an explanation for his failures’. This resonated with all the audience and difficult decision-making within the modern NHS was explored during his excellent talk and continued in the Pickerell Inn afterwards. There was some discussion of the multiple jeopardy that doctors face after a medical mishap of investigation, litigation, and even prosecution by the police.
The CMGS is both a social and a professional network for medical graduates who have studied at Cambridge. It was founded in 1883 and has grown into a vibrant alumni organisation. There is a dinner and AGM usually on the first Saturday in July, which rotates through the various historic Cambridge College dining halls. There is also a spring event held in London, usually at the Oriental Club in Stratford Place W1, close to Bond Street tube station. The society is keen to expand its membership, so if you are a Cambridge medic, or have connections with medicine in Cambridge, please do get in touch via the website. You can become a member for a nominal fee and then join us at our annual events.
The CMGS is kindly supported by the Howard Foundation. Alan Howard is seen standing next to Simon Chowdhury, our Honorary Secretary, in the photograph on the left. The photograph below shows John Chinewundah, current President, with two former Presidents, Roger Kirby and William Shand.