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ABOUT

Progress with Jess

Progress with Jess is an online platform founded by Jessica O'Logbon, dedicated to helping prospective and current medical students be the best versions of themselves. Through this platform, students can gain an insight into life as a medical student, how to thrive at medical school and beyond as well as tips and advice for the application process. 

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My Story

Notable achievements

  • 2023
    RCPsych Faculty of Addictions Poster Prize Winner Best poster on 'The effectiveness of digital health technologies for reducing substance use among young people: a systematic review & meta-analysis'. £150 + publication on website.
  • 2022
    MPhil in Medical Science (Psychiatry) (Cantab.) Jessica completed a Master's at the University of Cambridge in 2021-22 as part of her intercalated year. She was awarded 3 scholarships to complete her degree there.
  • 2021
    Edgcumbe Award & Nicola Claire Hood Memorial Prize Winner Jessica was awarded the King's College London Edgcumbe award for achieving the highest mark in her Student Selected Component in her 2nd year of medical education. She was then shortlisted to present her research project: 'Ethnicity influences total serum vitamin B12 concentration – a study of Black, Asian and White patients in a primary care setting' in March 2021. She was one of the winners of the Nicola Claire Hood Memorial Prize of £500.
  • 2020
    Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT) Medical Student Essay Prize Winner Jessica was awarded 1st place for her essay entry on: What can surgery learn from other high-performance disciplines? Her prize included a publication of her essay in the Annals of Medicine and Surgery + £150  Young Persons Health Special Interest Group (YPHSIG) Medical Student Essay Prize Winner Jessica was awarded 1st place for her essay entry on: How should adolescent health services change by 2040 to better accommodate young people? Her prize included £100 and presentation of her essay at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) 2021 annual conference.
  • 2022
    We Are The City Rising Star Award The Rising Star Awards recognise and celebrate 100 female individual contributors from over 20 different industries that represent the leaders and role models of tomorrow.
  • 2019
    Queens at King's #QueensAtKings is a Black History Month campaign that showcases black female students at King’s College London who have dedicated considerable time and effort giving back to their communities alongside their studies. Each year, 6 female students are nominated, selected and profiled across the university to inspire others to do the same. Jessica was selected for her extensive work in outreach and tackling ethnic disparities in health such as mental health and breast cancer. College & University Business Officers (CUBO) Residence Assistant Award Jessica was one of seven students across the UK and Ireland who won the CUBO RA Award. The Award seeks to recognise the exceptional achievements of Community Facilitators and Residence Assistants who support students living in university accommodation. Jessica was praised for being a confidante to students, signposting them to support services within the university and raising their concerns. Top 150 UK Future Leaders Future Leaders is an annual publication which profiles 150 of the most outstanding black university students in the UK. It is aimed at secondary school sixth-form, college and university students and is used as a role model guide to inspire and raise attainment. Jessica was nominated and shortlisted for an interview at Powerful Media Ltd. She was then selected as one of the final 150, and appeared in the publication in September 2019.
  • 2017
    Make a Difference Award Jessica was nominated by a patient and their family for the Imperial College NHS Trust's 'Make a Difference' award. The ‘Make a Difference’ staff recognition scheme highlights the hard work, dedication and achievements of individuals that exceed patient expectations. Jessica's nominators commented that she "maintained dignity and was kind at all times. She ensured that we had the most comfortable in-patient experience."
  • 2020
    Events & Logistics Manager for the BME in Psychology and Psychiatry (BIPP) Network Jessica was the Managing Director for Events & Logistics for the BIPP Network running events targeted at men's mental health, experiences of BME service users and the role of race and racial trauma in psychology and psychiatry. The BIPP Network works in prioritising and advancing the representation of Black & Minority Ethnic backgrounds within psychiatry and psychology professions. Co-President of Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society, King's College London Jessica was Co-President of King's College London's Obstetrics & Gynaecology Society during which she helped to organise the society's 2020 national conference: Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Modern World and and the 2021 virtual conference: Is all fair in OBGYN? This shed light on important themes and inequalities in Women's Health, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 2019
    King's College London African Caribbean Medical Society - President KCL ACMS aims to inspire and equip African and Caribbean students to pursue careers in the field of medicine and thrive within it. The society ran its first national conference on breast cancer awareness for black women: 'Let's Talk About Black Women and Breast Cancer', in collaboration with Dr. Oni, which gained £5000 in sponsorship and attracted over 100 attendees. KCL ACMS also won Society of the Month in November 2019 for their work in diversity & inclusion, volunteering and outreach. ACMS has also run outreach sessions as part of their African Caribbean Raising Aspiration (ACRA) Programme to encourage students from as early as Year 7 to consider higher education, especially medicine.
  • 2023
    King's College London K+ Programme Lecture series speaker for 100+ students on the K+ outreach programme on taking care of your mental health when applying to medical school and during it. The Aspiring Medics Support Scholars (TAMS) Programme Jessica was a keynote speaker at the TAMS End of Year Celebration at Royal College of Surgeons of England, London sharing her tips on overcoming social/economic barriers as a medical student from widening participation backgrounds to pursue career aspirations and transferable tips/wisdom. Melanin Medics Annual Conference: PRIME Jessica was a keynote speaker at the Melanin Medics Conference with a speech on 'Medical Excellence' from a medical student perspective and the opportunities students can create and seek for themselves to bring about change.
  • 2022
    Empowered by Vee Conference Jessica was invited as one of the keynote speakers at the Empowered by Vee conference hosted at King's College London - an event aimed at providing 300+ students with the tools and tips to apply, excel, thrive and fund higher. She shared her journey and e-books on how has funded her medical school studies and Master's at Cambridge. Newcastle Med Ed Society Jessica shared her experiences conducting research and publishing to students in the UK and Malaysia in the society's National Research Talk Series. King's College London Paediatrics Society Conference: Diversity in Paediatrics Jessica was invited to share her experience of applying to medical school and host a workshop for 100+ aspiring medical students on how to prepare for their applications to medical school and engage in child health. LSESU Equality in Education - Success at university event Jessica shared her views and experiences on balancing priorities and how to make the most of the university experience. Birmingham Medical Leadership Society Conference Keynote speaker on 'How to get published at medical school'.
  • 2021
    Warwick Inspire Limitless Conference - Education Panel Jessica was invited as part of a panel discussion to talk about her experience of having an unconventional path in entering the medical field and educational development. King's College London Leaders in Health - Black Leaders in Healthcare Panel Jessica was invited as a panellist to discuss leadership inequalities in healthcare and her personal experience of leadership. She also proposed solutions and next steps for addressing these inequalities.
  • 2019
    Roundtable discussion at 10 Downing St Jessica was invited as one of 13 medical students across the UK to 10 Downing Street by Mr. Nero Ughwujabo - Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on Social Justice, Opportunities & Young People - to discuss ways to increase the number of Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) students attending UK medical schools thereby increasing the number of BAME doctors in the UK so that they can help address the current ethnic health inequalities that the UK is facing.
  • 2022
    O'Logbon J., Newlove-Delgado T., McManus S., Mathews F., Hill S., Sadler K., Ford T. How does the increase in eating difficulties according to the Development and Well-Being Assessment screening items relate to the population prevalence of eating disorders? An analysis of the 2017 Mental Health in Children and Young People survey. Int J Eat Disord. 2022 Oct 20. https://doi.org/10.1002/eat.23833 Sobczyńska-Malefora A., Katayev A., Steed D., O'Logbon J., Crook M., Harrington D.J. Age- and ethnicity-related reference intervals for serum vitamin B12. Clin Biochem. 2022 Oct 16. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2022.10.007
  • 2021
    O'Logbon J., Crook M., Steed D., et al. (2021) Ethnicity influences total serum vitamin B12 concentration: a study of Black, Asian and White patients in a primary care setting. J Clin Path, 05 May 2021. http://doi.org/10.1136/jclinpath-2021-207519
  • 2020
    O'Logbon J. (2020) What can surgery learn from other high-performance disciplines?, Annals of Med & Surg, v55, pp 334-337. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amsu.2020.04.007

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