An important part of the Student MLOs’ role is to provide feedback to the RMBF about emerging needs of medical students – changes in medical school curriculum and/or grants which could impact on their financial situation, or their mental and physical health.
Networking and idea-sharing meeting with fellow Student MLOs and their qualified counterparts Medical Liaison Officers
This is an informal meeting, usually held in May at the RMBF’s Wimbledon office, to give Student MLOs the chance to talk about their own experiences of raising the RMBF’s within their medical school and share experiences with their qualified counterparts. There is a flexible agenda for the day, providing ample opportunity for debate and discussion on medical issues that could be important to the RMBF’s future work.
Bi-annual activity survey
We value everyone’s contributions and ask our Student MLOs to complete an online activity survey twice a year – as part of the annual volunteer survey in July/August (see below) and at the end of the year in December.
Student MLOs are asked how they have been raising the RMBF’s profile and what networking opportunities they have undertaken since the last activity survey. All their ideas can then be shared with other volunteering colleagues, as well as RMBF staff and trustees at various RMBF events such as the AGM and regional meetings. By providing a record of their activities on our behalf we can assess their impact on raising the profile of the RMBF.
RMBF annual volunteering feedback survey
Every year, all volunteers are asked to complete an online survey, giving them the opportunity to tell us their volunteering experiences. Student MLOs are also given the opportunity to highlight current issues which might affect the RMBF’s work. They are also asked to highlight emerging needs within the medical school community to identify where the RMBF might best contribute. Their comments and suggestions help the RMBF understand the pressures facing medical students and the next generation of doctors, and how the RMBF’s services can be developed to meet any growing needs.