In April 2016, the MBChB class of 2006 celebrated 10 years since graduation with a ceilidh at the Carlton.
2016 marked a decade since the MBChB class of 2006 graduated from Edinburgh Medical School to pursue their careers in the world of medicine. Sixty alumni plus partners attended a drinks reception, dinner and ceilidh at the Carlton Hotel and many travelled from London and even the USA. In keeping with the celebratory number, a ten old baby was one of the special guests.
With it being the first reunion since graduation the organising committee decided to keep formal plans to a minimum. This allowed visiting alumni plenty of time to revisit old haunts and catch up with other university friends. For many this involved an obligatory visit to Doctor’s pub in its familiar position on the corner opposite the Old Medical School.
It may have been a while since their last night out together but for many of the classmates, the reunion evoked many fond memories of socials during their time at Edinburgh. Reunion organiser, Adam Capek admits that these memories might be a little hazy but definitely happy. Classmates reminisced about nights out at Cavendish, Gaia and Potterrow plus the infamous ‘Medics Revue’ and ‘Damien’ their fifth year musical production.
My favourite memory was looking over to see just about all of the guests crammed into one corner of a very big ballroom (unsurprisingly by the bar and the sweets table) with everyone deep in catching-up conversation. This summed up the whole point of the evening for me.
Of course it wasn’t all nights out and musical productions at Edinburgh Medical School and the reminiscent chatter around the ballroom extended to teaching time too.
Popular (if not at the time) memories included the first year
trudge through the rain from Pollock Halls down South Clerk Street for early morning classes. To balance this, Adam and the other returning students also recalled the energetic lecturing of Malcolm Wright,
the God-motherly figure of Fanney Kristmundsdottir and the innovative teaching methods of the late Mike Porter.
The reunion provided the opportunity to catch up with a large number of people at the same time and relive fond memories of University days - and, of course, a good ceilidh!