St Mary's Hospital Medical School

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St Mary's is the youngest of the constituent schools of Imperial College, London, founded in 1854 as part of the new hospital in Paddington. During its existence in the 1980s and 90s, it was the most popular medical school in the country, with an application to place ratio of 27:1 in 1996.

St Mary's continued comparatively unmoved by the other nomadic medical schools in the area, until its merger with Imperial College in 1988, and the foundation of Imperial College School of Medicine in 1997 by the merger with Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School.

Doctors to Be

Doctors to Be, a biographical documentary series first broadcast on BBC Two by BBC Television, followed 10 medical students who enrolled at St Mary's Hospital Medical School in the 1985 intake. It started with admission interviews in November 1984, then followed their lives as medical students for five or six years, and ended with their first experiences of working as busy junior hospital doctors in the National Health Service. A sequel Doctors to Be: 20 Years On was first broadcast on BBC Four in 2007 and provided an update on the careers and lives of the same people after they had qualified.

Student life

St Mary's Hospital, London was traditionally regarded as the refuge of sons of Welsh farmers and miners arriving by train from nearby Paddington station. St Mary's Hospital Medical School thus developed a reputation for sporting prowess, with the rugby club actually predating the Rugby Football Union. The sporting traditions of Mary's are reflected with its alumni, such as the Welsh rugby captain JPR Williams (commemorated in the annual ICSM vs. Imperial Varsity Rugby match, the JPR Williams Cup); and Roger Bannister (commemorated in the annual ICSM vs. Imperial Varsity athletics meet), the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.

St Mary's Hospital has an equally rich history in the arts. The dramatic society staged performances of operettas at Wilson House, London, which on occasion were graced with a royal visit. This royal association continued until recent times with the Queen Mother being the patron of the soirée – the post opera comedy night – until her death in 2002 (the post has remained unfilled following its failure to be won in the post-soirée raffle of the same year).

The student clubs of the hospital had many United Hospitals victories.

Clubs and Societies

  • St Mary's Hospital RFC


Graduates of St Mary's Hospital Medical School can join the St Mary's Association.

Notable alumni

  • Roger Bannister – First man to run a four-minute mile, professor of neurology
  • Sir Alexander Fleming - Nobel Laureate, Physiology and Medicine, known for his discovery of penicillin at the hospital in 1928. The room in which the discovery took place is currently a museum at the hospital, open to the public.
  • Tommy Kemp - International rugby player<ref name="obituary">Template:Cite news</ref>
  • Augustus Rowe - Canadian physician and politician; Health Minister of Newfoundland and Labrador (1972-1975).<ref name=tstar>Template:Cite news</ref>
  • Major General Frederick Mayes - Director General Army Medical Services from 1993 to 1996
  • Tuppy Owen-Smith – International rugby player and cricketer
  • Dr Andrew Wakefield – instigator of the MMR vaccine controversy
  • JPR Williams – International rugby player
  • Air Vice-Marshal John Cooke - senior RAF officer and Dean of Air Force Medicine



External links

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