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RAMS Newsletter February 2017

Radboud Annals of Medical Students (RAMS) is a journal for students by students of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Radboud University Nijmegen.

Contents of this newsletter:
RAMS masterclasses
Short story: Back to Basic
Introduction of a RAMS member
Upcoming in RAMS

The new series of RAMS masterclasses have arrived!

Do you want to know how a professional scientific journal is set up, what to pay attention to while reviewing an article, or what makes doing research so challenging and interesting? Then join us at our free RAMS masterclasses and boost up your scientific knowledge!
The 2017 series consist of the following masterclasses:
  •  Wednesday, February 8th: "RAMS Editors: How to review an article" (19.30-22.00h)
  • Wednesday, February 15th: "Dr. Jur Koksma: The rationale of Science" (19.30-22.00h)
  • Wednesday, March 1st: "Prof. dr. Joost Drenth: All the ins and outs of a medical journal" (18.30-21.00h)
  • Tuesday, March 7th: "Prof. dr. Maroeska Rovers: Evidence-based medicine" (19.30-22.00h)
  • Monday, March 20th: "Prof. dr. Gerhard Zielhuis: Research Methodology" (19.30-22.00h)
  • Tuesday, March 28th: "Dr. Roger Staats: Academic English" (19.00-21.00h)
By visiting four or more RAMS masterclasses, you will receive an official RAMS Masterclass Certificate. These certificates will be handed out at the Masterclass Reception which will take place at Tuesday, March 28th in Café Piecken from 21:30h.  
You can sign up for your favorite RAMS masterclasses by using this form.
We hope to see you soon!
Back to Basic
We, as scientists, publish a lot of papers these days. It looks like publishing is the primary aim of our research. But what is doing research really about? Is it about publishing articles in order to get a job or promotion? Or is it more old fashioned, like searching for the truth out of curiosity? And what do we want to achieve? Do we want to do research because it increases our job opportunities? Do we do it for international fame? Or do we really just simply want to improve our field of interest through our findings?
Introduction of a RAMS member
Hi there! My name is Mirjam and I’m 22 years old. I’m currently in my second year of the Master in Medicine. Since June I’m involved with RAMS, as a scientific editor. This means that I combine the review reports written by the reviewers into a final version that is sent back to the authors of the submitted articles. I also give feedback to the reviewers. Even though I already have some experience in research, it’s a great way to be immersed in the peer review process. It’s also very interesting to compare the opinions of the different reviewers. It’s a great opportunity to learn from each other. I really like the scientific tasks I have at the moment. In the future, I might want to focus more on the organizational aspects. This could be in the function of (scientific) editor in chief; who knows what the future brings! I would recommend everyone who considers a scientific function at RAMS to just do it! It’s undoubtedly a useful experience.
Upcoming in RAMS

"Injecting Before Ejecting". Good news for the ladies; forgetting your contraceptive pill could have less consequences in the near future.  Read about the development of male contraceptives in the February edition of RAMS!

The seventh edition will be available from the end of February. Read the February edition online, download the PDF version or find the RAMS in real life at the medical faculty building (in the bookshelf near the entrance or at the study square).
If you have news, an update or anything else that might be relevant for RAMS members, please share it with us! Send an E-mail to

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