Dr Panna Muqit participates in Maggie’s 50-mile running challenge
Dr Panna Muqit, ScotGEM Year 1 Generalist Clinical Mentor (GCM) at the School of Medicine and her ScotGEM student group are participating in the Maggie’s 50-mile running challenge in January to support the excellent work that Maggie’s do in helping those diagnosed with cancer and their families. Maggie’s is a charity providing free cancer support and information in centres across the UK and online. Panna takes her group to Maggie’s Dundee every year during ‘breast lump’ teaching week to show them the important contribution that these centres make to patient wellbeing.
The ScotGEM course curriculum emphasises the significance of community engagement as evidenced by the ‘Agents of Change’ component of the course where students are trained to help drive future change in the design and delivery of healthcare in Scotland and beyond. Contributing actively towards quality improvement in healthcare. During their first semester of year 1, the ScotGEM students spend approximately 20 hours with a third sector organisation, learning about the valuable services they offer their communities. This helps consolidate students’ understanding of the wider social determinants of health. Maggie’s provides individuals affected by cancer with support when trying to navigate some of these determinants as well as being a place where individuals can come and contemplate without any pressure in friendly, relaxed surroundings.
Simon Mcintyre, one of the students joining the Maggie’s 50-mile running challenge said that he was inspired to participate in the challenge after visiting the Dundee centre in December and seeing his GCM’s run updates from early January. The other Year 1 ScotGEM students involved are Lewis Astin, James Cairn, Helen Elsworth, Holly Fleming, Emy Idaewor and Liam Read. Some are walking the miles instead of running and fundraising, it all helps.
The challenge ends at the end of the month. If anyone would like to make a donation to Maggie’s, Panna’s JustGiving link is https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/panna-muqit
Her social media account on Twitter and Instagram is @pannamedic, if you’d like to follow her progress. She updates these platforms regularly as well as provides an insight into her ScotGEM teaching activities and other outside interests.