Royal Society of Medicine

At the beginning of February, six year 12 biologists attended a conference on sleep and the arts at the Royal Society of Medicine. All of us are interested in studying medicine and it was a great opportunity to talk to doctors, professors and high-achieving medical students in the breaks between sessions.

The theme of the meeting was Sleep Medicine, Art and Literature and consisted of presentations by a musician and composer, doctors and authors, all of whom explored the way that sleep has been portrayed in music, film, the fine arts and literature.

There were also three brilliant talks by the winners of the RSM’s Sleep Medicine Student Essay Prize on the impact of technology on sleep. The overall winner Sachin Ananth, a medical student at Imperial College, examined the effect of modern technology and social media apps on our quality of sleep, something that is hardly spoken about in today. Given the exponential increase in the use of social media, this is an extremely relevant topic and one that my peers and I could relate to.

Overall, this was an incredibly helpful and educational experience and we would like to thank the Royal Society of Medicine for their generosity in allowing us to attend.

Naomi, year 12

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