A promising young medical student from University of Glasgow has scooped the city’s St Mungo’s medal research award, in recognition for her work on patients who have had life-threatening gastrointestinal bleeds.
Rebecca Norton, a fourth year medical student beat off stiff competition to land the annual award at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, which was revived in 2016 to be awarded that year for the first time in 70 years.
Ms Norton’s study was an international multicentre study led from Glasgow Royal Infirmary, investigating the use of the haemodynamic “Shock index” as an early prognostic marker in the assessment of patients presenting as an emergency with upper gastrointestinal bleeding.
The St Mungo’s Medal was awarded from 1894 until 1944 by the St Mungo’s College of Medicine to students and junior doctors for pioneering research. The College was founded in 1876 and incorporated within Glasgow Royal Infirmary, before being amalgamated into University of Glasgow in 1947.
In 2016 GRI clinicians and University staff worked with the University’s Curator of Coins and Medals at the Hunterian Museum to recast the St Mungo’s Medal and bring it back to life in the 21st century.
John Brown Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde presented a delighted Rebecca with her St Mungo’s Medal on Friday 9th February.
The organising committee of the now annual GRI St Mungo’s research meeting, which aims to highlight GRI based research, is made up of, Dr Terry Quinn, Prof Mary-Ann Lumsden, Prof Colin McKay, Dr Russell Drummond and Dr Adrian Stanley.
Dr Stanley said: “It was fantastic to again have a large number of research submissions to the meeting from the wide spectrum of specialities at GRI. A judging panel chose the best eight submissions for oral presentation and another 16 for poster presentation.
“The abstracts were presented by a mixture of consultants, junior doctors, students and nurses, with the prize-winners chosen by a panel consisting of senior University and NHS staff.
“There was also a fascinating talk from Professor Paul Horgan on the history of surgical research at GRI and a short talk by John Brown, Chairman of NHSGGC, who presented the prizes including the St Mungos medal for best overall research.
“The annual St Mungo’s meeting is extremely important both to support the high level of research at GRI and to encourage and inspire juniors and students in this aspect of medicine.
“We congratulate Rebecca and the other prize winners on their excellent work and look forward to next year’s meeting.”
Rebecca said: “Being awarded the St Mungo’s Medal means a lot to me. It was a fantastic opportunity to present this study to people working across NHS Glasgow and Clyde.
“I’m excited to take forward what I’ve learned from this experience in my degree and my future career.”
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Pic: Rebecca Norton (middle of front row), St Mungo’s Medal Winner with members of the judging committee, John Brown, Chairman of NHSGGC and colleagues