Class of 1984 Medics Reunion Weekend
The weekend of 21st June 2014 saw the return to Sheffield of 85 medical graduates from the class of 1984.
Doctors poured in from all over the world to exchange memories and view the dramatic changes that have been wrought in the city and within their medical school over the past 30 years.
The weekend started appropriately in the revamped medical school with an update on medical education given by Dr Michelle Marshall, Director of Learning and Teaching, followed by an introduction to the work of the Alumni organisation by Emma Davey, Senior Development Manager. Tours of the new facilities assisted in the reorientation process. Gone were the sombre wood panelled corridors leading to the offices and interview rooms of the 1970's.
Memories and anecdotes were exchanged until the early hours before we grabbed a few hours sleep prior to the next event, coffee in the Crucible Theatre bar area. Local retired consultants who led the medical and surgical firms we worked for as students and junior doctors were invited to join us. It was a pleasure to meet the man behind the voice so familiar to us at the end of the 'phone in the 1980's, that of Norman Thompson, the Coroner's Officer.
The main event took place that evening at the Mercure St Paul's Hotel with 125 medics and partners, now scrubbed up and gleaming ready to enjoy an excellent meal, more chances to converse and welcome our guests, Professor Nigel Bax, Emeritus Professor of Medical Education at Sheffield University and Honorary Consultant Physician and his wife Deborah, both freshly retired from the University but still fully engaged in medical education throughout the world. Nigel had joined the university staff shortly before we embarked on the course and, with access to our original UCCA forms, his speech contained amusing home truths but without identification of individuals!
There was a palpable joy derived from coming together after 30 years of professional life and great fondness for the establishment that enabled so many successful careers.