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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running3
Available position1
Total ballots79
Valid votes79
Invalid votes0


Round Simon Rey Mehar Bijral RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 48.00 31.00 0.00 8.50 39.50
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 39.50. Candidate Simon Rey has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Simon Rey.

Number of vacancies: 1


Mehar Bijral
Following on from my 4-week observership at Great Ormond Street Hospital, I was inspired to run for this year's Paediatric Surgery chair. Shadowing various Paediatric Surgical Consultants exposed me to their wide surgical and clinical skill-sets. It is a unique specialty in the way it is always able to provide an entire family with a glimpse of hope, no matter how bleak the situation. Paediatric Surgery encompasses procedures in children ranging from neonates to teenagers across a multitude of specialties. This highlights the vast array of possibilities one can explore from such a career.
Being a mentor through the Peer2Peer mentoring scheme as well as captaining UCL Badminton, I possess the leadership and organisational skills required to arrange collaborative Paediatric Workshops that include the use of more advanced instruments such laparoscopic simulators and endoscopic instruments.
My links to surgeons within a UCL-affiliated and world-leading institution such as GOSH means I can liaise with the Outreach/Shadowing Officer to organise paediatric observerships and a Lecture Series.
Having closely volunteered with The Maypole Project - a promising charity that supports children with complex medical needs and their families, I am aware of the importance of providing care to our future - an understanding that is essential for this role. I'd also like to incorporate the professional pathway of care beyond the operating theatre, which I found is usually not discussed enough.
Simon Rey
Here’s a little bit about me; my name is Simon, I’m currently undertaking an iBSc in Paediatrics and Child Health and my dream is to become a Paediatric Surgeon. I believe that to be a successful chair you need lots of experience in organising events and have a contagious passion for your sub-speciality. Below I have highlighted what I believe demonstrates my suitability for this position:

- In February, I co-ordinated a National Paediatric Conference. From this I gained invaluable experience in organising and publicising virtual talks/workshops designed for large audiences. In doing so I was also able to network and build relationships with Paediatric Surgeons from all over the UK.
- I have experience of working within a SurgSoc subcommittee and so am familiar with the inner workings of this great society.
- As MedSoc Paediatrics Events officer I have connected with societies from several other universities, these links will be very useful when organising joint events.

As Paediatric Surgery Chair I would:

- Organise a lecture series including talks from Paediatric surgeons as well as paediatric neuro, spinal and plastic surgeons. These will give students a taste of what such careers entail and also serve as a fantastic learning opportunity.
- Collaborate with MedSoc Paediatrics and societies from other universities to run a joint Paediatric Specialty Day.
- Build our social media presence by starting an Instagram account with the aim of improving outreach.