On Thursday 5th November, two of Radley College’s prospective medics, Ben Cobbold (j) and Alexandra Yorston (h), competed in a medical lecture competition with Wycombe Abbey and Harrow School, attended by the 6.2 and 6.1 members of MedSoc. They each presented an eight minute lecture on a topic of their choosing to a room full of their peers from Wycombe and Harrow, and a number of teachers, and a couple of eminent Old Harrovian medics (the judges). They also had to field difficult questions from this rather daunting audience. Ben talked on faecal transplants ('transpoosions') and Alexandra on brain lateralization or 'the underlying causes of left and right handedness'.
Ben and Alexandra had little time to prepare their lectures yet they both crafted two wonderful presentations. The lectures were clear and insightful, they knew the material very well, they communicated this material successfully to the entire audience, and their timing was excellent. The judges also commented on the power and energy of Alexandra’s delivery, on Ben’s calm and articulate approach, and the ability of both of them to think on their feet and provide excellent answers in the question session.
The judges awarded the overall prize to Christina Wong from Wycombe Abbey who talked about human genome sequencing technologies and implications. The judging was very tight, and both Ben and Alexandra were the other two speakers in the final mix.
The bar has been set very high for next year’s competition, which will be hosted by Radley College.