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Date count run19 Mar 2021
Election rulesERS97 STV
Candidates running4
Available position1
Total ballots82
Valid votes82
Invalid votes0


Round Devansh Tandon Senithi Rupasinghe Uma Patel RON (Re-Open Nominations) Exhausted Surplus Threshold
1 26.00 23.00 30.00 3.00 0.00 0.00 41.00
Count of first choices. The initial quota is 41.00. No candidates have surplus votes so candidates will be eliminated and their votes transferred for the next round.
2 33.00 36.00 13.00 1.50 34.50
All losing candidates are eliminated. Count after substage 1 of 1 of eliminating Senithi Rupasinghe and RON (Re-Open Nominations). Transferred votes with value 1.00. Since no candidate has been elected, the quota is reduced to 34.50. Candidate Uma Patel has reached the threshold and is elected.

Winner is Uma Patel.

Number of vacancies: 1


Senithi Rupasinghe
Hi guys. I’m Thiara and I am running to be your shadowing co-ordinator!

For many of us, shadowing placements are the pivotal factor in our decision to enter medicine or choose our speciality of interest. I would look to uphold the convenience of the shadowing scheme for students and amplify the opportunities provided when face-to-face shadowing may finally be possible!

The biggest challenge with this role is the sheer volume of students who apply. Having been Medical Sciences Faculty Representative this year, I know how to manage overwhelming tasks. However, because I want to accelerate placement rollout next year, I would recruit a subcommittee from existing speciality subcommittees. Being publicity for Anatomy and Art Exhibition 2021 has provided me with the experience to oversee this subcommittee and know how to manage organising placements year-round. Because I will be in my third year, I would have enough time to ensure the success of this scheme. In line with surgical society’s mission, I would hope to diversify our surgeon register as representation is so crucial to engaging students.

A necessary partnership to encompass the changing paradigm of surgery is to introduce Proximie, a virtual augmented reality surgical theatre experience. This would give us the freedom to access procedures from any speciality at any time, learn from surgeons across the globe and continue to see operations during lockdown.

I hope to have your vote!

Thank you.
Uma Patel
Having taken part in and benefitted greatly from the surgical shadowing scheme, I'm standing for this role as I know first-hand how important and inspiring shadowing surgeons is, especially for pre-clinical students, who have very limited clinical opportunities.
While COVID-19 has made shadowing harder, I am committed to finding new ways to help students gain an insight into a career in surgery, and ultimately when shadowing is possible again, I will work hard to ensure that as many students as possible are able to take part in and benefit from the scheme!
Being a year 1 education lead for surgical society has helped improve my event-planning skills by ensuring the smooth-running of tutorials and has motivated me to contribute even more to SurgSoc. Additionally, being the secretary of UCL O&G society has further developed my team-working and organisational skills, which are key skills to being the shadowing officer.
As the shadowing officer, I will be committed to organising the smooth running of the shadowing scheme and ensuring that it continues to benefit all medical students.
Devansh Tandon
It is a privilege to shadow world-leading surgeons at UCL, and this opportunity should be availed by all who are interested. Hence, my goal is to provide as many students as possible with this unique experience.

I would love to expand on the phenomenal efforts of previous shadowing officers, and my ideas for next year are:

1. Accessibility for all students
Students could not shadow this year due to the pandemic, and even in non-COVID times, several students cannot shadow because of various logistical factors. This prompted me to think of a solution – online shadowing. This will be offered alongside normal face-to-face sessions through technology such as Proximie or a collaboration with UCL MedTech Society.

2. Tailoring opportunities to interests
Students will be able to express interest in specialties via a survey prior to applying. I will use this to contact specific surgeons and arrange a tailored shadowing experience that pinpoints the student’s specialty of choice.

I believe I have the skills and qualities to implement these ideas and take the shadowing scheme to even greater heights. These include:
1. Excellent organisational skills – this will ensure prompt responses and seamless coordination making the process smooth for both surgeon and student.
2. Communication skills – vital to ensure clarity for the student regarding what to expect and how to approach the process
3. Lateral thinking – allows me to think of new ideas to develop the scheme further