ARU Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Society (CCTS) are aiming to raise £2500 to host an international virtual reality conference for healthcare students. This will help us with the running costs of the conference so that profits can go towards charities for children born with heart defects. Please help us achieve our dream!
Who are We?
The ARU Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Society is made up of ARU medical students who have a keen interest in Cardiology and Cardiothoracics. Through our society, we host events that help widen interest in the field as well as opportunities for budding doctors to shadow professional cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons. Last year, our focus was to establish the society through Journal clubs where we review scientific papers in groups, a key skill needed as a doctor. This year we have decided to widen our net through an International Virtual Reality Conference.
Below we have included descriptions of our committee and why we decided to join ARU CCTS:
President – George Liu – I’ve had an interest in Cardiology and Cardiothoracic since I was 17. But I decided it was for me when I observed my first open heart surgery which is why I decided to start up CCTS with my colleagues.
Vice-President – Maya Dhaliwal – A simple question I had in a lecture has led me to a cardiac research project.
Vice-President – Majid Ali – I have a cardiovascular background and see myself as possibly specialising in CTS.
Treasurer – Inês Correia – I wanted to be part of CCTS because research and clinical cardiology are of great interest to me.
Social Secretary – Gurdas Singh – Having a 50/50 chance of having a congenital heart defect has given me the drive to research and find a passion for cardiology.
Secretary – Aarushi Puri – Last year as a member of CCTS, I learnt to analyse papers and formulate opinions to get a better understanding of issues which is an invaluable skill for the future.This encouraged me to join the CCTS committee this year.
ARU Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Society (CCTS) are aiming to raise £2500 to host an international virtual reality conference for healthcare students. This will help us with the running costs of the conference so that profits can go towards charities for children born with heart defects.
The aim of the conference is to widen interest in Cardiology and Cardiothoracics, both within ARU and around the world. Profits made from tickets will be donated to charities such as Children’s Heart Foundation (CHF, https://www.chfed.org.uk/). CHF provide support and advice, as well as equipment and toys to children who are born with heart problems. With these funds, we will be able to both educate the community on the subject and provide support for heart charities like CHF. Like Nelson Mandela, we believe “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. We hope the reach of our conference can be one of the big steps to educate students from around the world on the current heart issues at hand.
When we had initially planned our conference before Coronavirus lockdown, we had expected delegates would travel from around the UK to attend. However due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have had to rethink and reshape our conference. Hence why we have decided to use this opportunity to reach further around the world due to zero travel costs for delegates!
Our conference will be delivered through a hybrid format. We will use Zoom to deliver talks and AltspaceVR to deliver networking opportunities that would normally be available at a conventional conference. Networking allows for the sharing of new and vibrant ideas as well as the opportunity for students to shadow qualified healthcare professionals.
Where will the money go?
If we hit our minimum we will be spending the money on:
- Guest speakers: £200
- Health and Safety: £100
- Travel for committee (van hire and petrol) £100
- Video editing and equipment for the online conference based days which includes, zoom packages, brochure designs and printing etc £100
If we hit our maximum we will be spending the money on:
- Merchandise for delegates and attendees £600
- Extra for video editing £400
- Any excess will be used for future events
- We will also provide additional resources for students
At the start and end of our conference we will thank donors, unless they request to remain anonymous. Without donors this event will not be possible, therefore, we will do our upmost to make them feel like part of the team.
Donors will be acknowledged for their contribution through our brochures and in our advertisement posts (if they have a logo).
Our sponsors will be added to our mailing list to receive updates on how their money is being invested in the conference.
Current update: We are in communication with our guest speakers to plan the details of their talks. We will soon be preparing for the advertising phase.
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