Anand Krishna | 2017 – 2018

Hey! I’m Anand and this year I decided to take a hiatus from med school and enter the intercalated world. That’s not to say you won’t see me around Guy’s and St Thomas’, probably complete with my enormous squash bag. Extreme Psych is a great opportunity for me to stay in touch with my clinical […]

Bethan Tyler | 2017 – 2018

Welcome to Extreme Psychiatry! I am super excited to be involved this year (back on team red!) after loving being a student in the process so much last year – Tuesday evenings have not been the same without weekly doses of Extreme Psych. I fell in love with Psychiatry on my NOP rotation last year, […]

Catherine Cook | 2017 – 2018

Hi I’m Catherine! Ethnically I’m half Korean and half English but I’m from Bournemouth (home to the best beach in England). I’m in my 5th year at King’s having done an intercalated degree in Anatomy. Outside of Medicine, I love keeping active, especially dancing and I used to compete for King’s on the Dance Society’s […]

Mao Lim | 2017 – 2018

Depending on the company I’m with, I clarify the spelling of my name with either “like Chairman Mao but a different Mao” or “monoamine oxidase”. I am an artist, a cat lover and an aspiring psychiatrist – the combination of the three resulting in a penchant for Louis Wain’s art (particularly Ginger Cat and Kaleidoscope […]

Sagana Thayaparan | 2017 – 2018

Hi hello! I am spending this year intercalating in Psychology (cos psych is life) and taking a much-needed break from medicine. I spend most of my life drifting in and out of some daydream, making being a medical student very difficult! I am somehow at the same time a complete cynic and absolute romantic. I […]

Ronan Lyne | 2017 – 2018

I’m from Dublin and I moved to London in 2015 to join the graduate medicine course and work part-time, because I apparently got bored of having free time. I love Spanish, yoga, cycling, and pathological oversharing. Somewhat controversially, I don’t really get The Great British Bakeoff, but I see it as an exercise in transcultural […]

Faraz Bukhari | 2017 – 2018

My name is Faraz and I struggle extremely hard to find interesting things about myself; I have exalted nearly as much effort in writing this as I have in searching for my empathy face! I am incredibly excited to be a part of the Extreme Psychiatry team, giving back to a group that gave so […]

Cathy Zhang | 2017 – 2017

Cathy is back as a PF for the Yellow Team following the footsteps of her fantastic PFs, Juanita and Abbas, with the mission of helping incoming students love Extreme Psychiatry as much as she did last year! People frequently comment on the “I-cannot-pinpoint-where-you-are-from-ness” of her accent: she has finally come to accept this, after realising […]

Juanita Ravindran (Red Team) | 2016 – 2017

When i’m not laughing (rare) I’m smiling and when I’m not smiling (rarer still) I’m thinking about cake…. especially Nando’s Choc-a-lot cake. It’s what Nandos does best (the chicken is good too I guess). I LOVE animals and yes- I’m that person that will move seats just to sit nearer to the dog on the […]

Abbas Sardar (Red Team) | 2016 – 2017

I am Half Iraqi, half Pakistani. I’ve lived in Windsor since I was 4 years old (that doesn’t automatically make me posh – but I do appreciate a good afternoon tea); it’s definitely the best place in the world (Windsor Castle and Legoland – what more could you want!) I have a degree in Anatomy, […]

Lu Guimaraes (Green Team) | 2016 – 2017

I am extremely psyched to be part of the green team this year! I am from Brazil and then lived in South Africa for 6 years before coming to London. I love the British sense of humour the most but I do miss the weather and the food from back home. I love hockey, cheesy […]

Claire Lloyd (Green Team) | 2016 – 2017

Originally from the Emerald Isle, Claire is super excited to be joining the very fitting green team this year. She has a big love for psychiatry and is particularly passionate in reducing the stigma of mental health problems. When not being a medical student, one of her favourite things to do is going for long, […]

Alex McWhirter (Blue Team) | 2016 – 2017

On her first day at university, Alex’s flatmate told her she looked like Lindsay Lohan. She has been dining out on this compliment ever since, while also making sure to be extremely clean living, just in case he meant post-2007 Lindsay Lohan. Her dedication to peanut butter runs so deep that her mother makes sure […]

Nina Tanna (Blue Team) | 2016 – 2017

Hello! I’m Nina and I’m extremely psyched (lol) to get started with the blue team! Most people describe me as tiny (luckily ‘Teeny Tanna’ never caught on), which i’ve learnt to accept, and don’t care about at all. Nope. Tall people are silly anyway. I love Beyonce (Queen Bey for president!), food (always the way […]

Basma Ikram (Yellow Team) | 2016 – 2017

Having participated in Extreme Psychiatry as a student in 2015, I have returned in order to pass on its secrets to a new batch of medical students. Despite watching many, many hours of the Great British Bake-Off, I still can’t bake to save my life so those in Yellow Team can look forward to me […]

Omar Risk (Yellow Team) | 2016 – 2017

Hi, I’m Omar! I’ve left GKT for a year (boo) to complete a Masters at LSHTM. My dedication to building skills in psychiatry stems from observing just how many patients in hospital medicine have psychological or psychiatric co-morbidity. The open environment and reflective critique provided by Extreme Psychiatry really helped hone my clinical skills, and […]

Jerome Condry (Yellow Team) | 2015 – 2016

Taller than before, wearing even more woolly jumpers, and so close to being a fully qualified medic, he can almost taste it – Jerome is blessing us with his presence for a further year of PF-ing! We love this guy.

Jason Daoud (Green Team) | 2015 – 2016

NOP is just “NO” without psychiatry, and after almost 10 gruelling ExtremePsych-deprived months, Jason can’t wait to be back as a PF for the awesome Green Team! Jason’s hobbies include listening to 90s Green Day, drinking green tea, tending to greenery wherever he sees it, and wondering aimlessly around Green Park. And his favourite colour? […]

Kate Herring (Blue Team) | 2015 – 2016

I’m Kate, a fourth year medic who loves psychiatry. I grew up in the countryside next to a zoo and occasionally go back to escape city life and visit the animals. I like swing dancing, global health policy, Medsin, long jump, maths, table tennis and chocolate oranges (not all at the same time). My favourite […]

Steph Hollis-Smith (Red Team) | 2015 – 2016

Steph never did provide us with a biography, so… Steph holds the world record for artistic miniature dog grooming: on the 1st of May 2013, she successfully washed, brushed and glued 2,986 dachshunds into place, creating a 75.2m tall statue of a woman she called, “Virginia Woof.” This is officially the largest art installation made […]

Nida Kalyal (Green Team) | 2015 – 2016

No four words scare me more than “tell me about yourself” so I’ll keep it short & sweet – I’m really excited to get back to Extreme Psychiatry, as a peer facilitator this time! I love teaching and I really benefitted from the feedback I got last year so I hope I’m able to do […]

Sabyha Khan (Yellow Team) | 2015 – 2016

I am really excited to be a part of the Extreme Psychiatry team this year, as a member of the awesome Yellow Team. Attending the course last year has been invaluable, and I am looking forward to helping to deliver an experience which will prove to be useful for many years to come. When I’m […]

Kate Reed (Blue Team) | 2015 – 2016

Last year, Kate ventured on a 5-hour round trip from the green fields of Kent and Canterbury to the bright lights of the Franklin- Wilkins building every Tuesday of summer term for the highly acclaimed Extreme Psychiatry course. Does she regret it? Not one bit, in fact she’s doing it again. Except this time it’s […]

Will Wilson (Red Team) | 2015 – 2016

Will is a fourth year and lifelong Londoner who took a meandering route into medicine by way of a degree in anthropology. Will briefly sold his soul to a consulting firm in 2010 and has been buying it back through a life of sacrifice and virtue ever since. Having been schooled in the dark arts […]

Johan Bastianpillai | 2014 – 2015

Not nearly as moody as he looks (or his friends may claim), Johan has a hard, dark exterior but a warm, soft centre, much like a Dairy Milk Caramel bar. Incidentally he hates the taste of caramel. Do not offer him caramel. When Johan isn’t roaming South London spreading the joy as a Fourth year […]

Jerome Condry | 2014 – 2015

My name is Jerome, and the first thing people tend to notice about me is that I am quite tall. I enjoy music, food, walking, cycling and warm jumpers. I am really looking forward to spending my Tuesday evenings firmly ensconced in the bowels of Waterloo Campus learning about psychiatry in as extreme a fashion […]

Conor Flaherty | 2014 – 2015

Conor has not provided us with a bio, so we have to make his up. He taught Michael Flatley how to dance, and until recently, Michael’s face was projected onto Conor’s body throughout Riverdance performances. Now that Michael has learned how to do the steps himself, Conor has been freed up to study medicine. He […]

James Larkworthy | 2014 – 2015

Answering to Jimmy, Larkers, and even Lark-unworthy, James is currently a 4th year King’s student. Becoming a PF seemed the perfect way to treat his very particular addiction to watching people talk to each other on a Tuesday evening. His other addictions include puns, colourful socks, and huge mugs of tea.

Grace Lavelli | 2014 – 2015

After realising just how much she loved psychiatry in third year, Grace couldn’t get enough and was thrilled to find out she could fill her Tuesday evenings with even more psychiatry-goodness. After spending a term as a student she was eager for more, so signed up to PF straight away and can’t wait for the […]

Lydia O’Sullivan | 2014 – 2015

Lydia has not provided a bio. Sigh. We did warn her this might happen… Lydia is a child prodigy. At the age of 2, she gained her first degree in Sports Science; at 3 she captained the Great Britain women’s basketball team to a gold in the 2012 Olympics. After sustaining a life-threatening injury while […]

Andrew Seggie | 2014 – 2015

Andrew is currently aiming to break the world record for staying at King’s for the greatest number of years of study. He’s a keen walker (and not just because TfL travelcards are expensive!). He has an exceedingly big ego, although you wouldn’t know it because he’s the most humble person that ever existed. Andrew has […]

Mohsin Shah | 2014 – 2015

Mohsin (or Mos) is a new PF this year, drawn in by the sheer magnetism that is Extreme Psychiatry. Like many before him, Extreme Psych found a little nest in his heart, and he now hopes to pass on the joys he experienced as a student of the course. Please stop him from talking too […]

Lee Tan | 2014 -2015

I’m a transfer student from a small but humble country, Brunei. Having travelled all the way from there was quite hard at first, and everything seemed very different in the UK. Extreme Psych helped in a lot of ways, filling Tuesday nights with friends and fun – so I’ve decided to come back as a […]

Eda Yardimici | 2014 – 2015

I wanted to be a PF for Extreme Psych so I could be as awesome as my own previous PF’s from last year (Lucy and Preetz!). I’m obsessed with travelling and spend 90% of my time trying to figure out ways to travel for the majority of the year without getting kicked out of med […]

Chloe Saunders | 2013 – 2014

Chloe is currently repaying a debt of gratitude to her own experience as a Student of Extreme Psych (Winter 2013). At that time making the daily trek to Lewisham’s Ladywell Unit, through discoloured South London snow sludge and limitless train delays at London Bridge, Extreme Psych was the bright comforting star lighting up her Psych […]

Larry Caines | 2013 – 2014

Larry grew up in a tiny village ‘oop north’, but fed up of all the fresh air and lovely views he moved to South London where he is currently intercalating in Physiology between years 3 and 4 of Medicine. As a lover of good adjectives he signed straight up for peer facilitating at Extreme Psych, […]

Lucy Guile | 2013 – 2014

Lucy dreams of being a jungle doctor. However, London’s disappointing lack of tropical forests has led her to seek out the next most Extreme environment – Tuesday nights at Waterloo! In her third year, Extreme Psychiatry quickly became the highlight of Lucy’s term. Now in the fourth year, she hopes to pass on some of […]

Preetz Mosali | 2013 – 2014

Preethika, a.k.a. Preetz, once decided to pack her bags and move from India to the UK and has now found herself as a 4th year medical student at King’s. Ever cheerful, her immature sense of humour and wit managed to charm even a serpent. An insanely good cook, she can make plain rice like it’s […]

Ruth Strommen | 2013 – 2014

Ruth is a Phase 4 medical student who loved Ex Psych. She grew up all around the world and when not on an airplane or jet lagged you’ll find her in the library.

Susan Mathew | 2013 – 2014

From Susan: “Welcome to an amazing course of Extreme fun in Psychiatry! This is one of the best courses (not biased at all!) and I am so pleased to be part of the team running it for you this year. I’m one of the PFs for YELLOW team (best team ever….again not biased!) and I […]

Labbeka Begum | 2012 – 2013

Labbeka is currently taking a year off Medicine to do her intercalated BSc in Physiology. She absolutely loved her NOP rotation last summer and most surprisingly, psychiatry! Extreme Psych taught her how enjoyable psychiatry can be and so she became part of the team. She says, ‘the time and effort put in by the doctors […]

Zack Ferguson | 2012 – 2013

After 18 months in the ex-Ex Psych wilderness, Zack is thrilled to be returning to the fold as a PF. To be honest, anything beats spending Tuesday evenings crying uncontrollably and wishing you could have just one more googly… A maverick who plays by no one’s rules but his own, he is currently avoiding graduation […]

Johan Lindskog | 2012 – 2013

Johan is a failed Swedish musician, who instead of a record deal ended up getting an offer from King’s and, well, what was the worst that could happen? So, leaving the forests and fields of the North behind, he headed South, deep into the urban wilderness. Amongst the wonders he there found was a group […]

Faisal Osmani | 2012 – 2013

Faisal started his Psychiatry rotation not having a clue what he was doing until Extreme Psychiatry showed him the path. Since then, what he has learnt at Ex Psych has helped in all areas of his life, including other rotations. He has grown to like psychiatry a lot and thinks Extreme Psychiatry is a lot […]

Kim Plummer | 2012 – 2013

Kim grew up in Callington, a vibrant Cornish town known more for the tendency of its residents’ back gardens to collapse into forgotten mines than for its vibrancy. Once she’d grown tired of the scent of Ginsters pasties wafting relentlessly over hill and vale, she shed her West Country accent and relocated to the capital. […]

Celia Shiles | 2012 – 2013

Celia grew up on a dairy farm in the West Country but moved to London 4 years ago to study medicine. She did an intercalated degree in Neuroscience, where she discovered that she didn’t enjoy pipetting mouse brain into test tubes but loved the Psychiatry side of Neuroscience. She found Extreme Psychiatry incredibly helpful for […]

Nathanael Yong | 2012 – 2013

Nathanael comes from the sunny shores of Borneo. Having been blessed with a sun-stained abode for 15 years, he is now on a mission to experience how people live in the showery cold terrain called Britain. One of his proudest achievements is being able to count from 1-20 in 5 different languages; another is becoming […]

Mo Atif | 2011 – 2012

Mo dreaded psychiatry at the beginning of Year 3, but found true love right from the start of his Year 3 rotation. Extreme Psychiatry was the highlight of his busy week! He feels Extreme Psychiatry gave him the confidence to personalise his communication skills with each patient. This ability came in EXTREMEly handy during his […]

Meriki Hill | 2011 – 2012

Katie is a fourth year medical student who previously completed an intercalated Bsc in Neuroscience (mutilating frog embryos). She enjoys travelling to far-flung places, watching films which involve minimal brain power and reading trashy romance novels. She is also a firm believer in the medical student philosophy of working hard and playing harder! She says, […]

Hannah Keen | 2011 – 2012

Hannah is currently taking a break from the exciting (but slightly stressful!) world of clinical Medicine to do an intercalated BSc in Psychology. She loved her Psychiatry placement last year and found Extreme Psych extremely helpful for clinical situations as well as exams. Her hobbies include reading, cycling, watching films and annoying her flatmates by […]

Adam Monsell | 2011 – 2012

Adam is a fourth year originally from Cambridge. His desultory route to medicine included an undergraduate degree in history, working in local government, political lobbying, and peddling cheese. Lots of really good cheese. Honestly, don’t get him started. He enjoys reading, cooking, travelling and triathlons, and is the club captain for the KCL team for […]

Kiran Patel | 2011 – 2012

Kiran is a fourth year medical student and studied for an intercalated BSc in Physiology. Having completed the ExtremePsych course in the summer of 2011, he has since decided to plug the resultant void in his life, specifically, that of Tuesday evening, by becoming a Peer Facilitator. He hopes that this will be one of […]

Anita Phung | 2011 – 2012

The name’s Anita, Neats, Neets, Aneetz, Ani or whatever you want to call her. She’s intercalated in Clinical Endocrinology and Molecular last year. People told her it was a hard BSc but that was OK because being an Extreme Psych PF could keep her sane. Fearing loss of sanity on no longer being a PF, […]

Liv Stredder | 2011 – 2012

Liv Stredder has wanted to be a crane driver since the age of three, but is now considering Psychiatry as an alternative career after spectacularly failing her driving test and realising she can’t even walk in a straight line, let alone drive a crane in one. Gingerness defines her, in fact she is part of […]

Dr Elf Elmahdi | 2010 – 2011

Yes, The Elf worked for EP. During the summer months, our elfin friends are a little at a loss, up North. No toys to make. No sleigh-bells to shine. No reindeer to feed. Everything is in a shoebox in the cupboard under the stairs. Or at Butlins. During his down-time, Elf trekked over for PF […]

Shawki El Ghazali | 2010 – 2011

Shawki is a secret agent, often abroad on missions for Her Majesty’s Government. In 2010, he took a break, due to a combination of his love for Extreme Psych and a broken ankle. Unknown to most of his enemies, Shawki collects all films featuring Jennifer Aniston with animals. Which is most of her films. Special […]

Dr Roxanne Keynejad | 2010 – 2011

“I am a fourth year on the GPEP Medicine course, having done a first degree in Psychology with Philosophy after a highly relevant Art foundation course. I love psychiatry for being the only area of medicine in which we take the mind as seriously as the body. Extreme Psychiatry is the most creative and dedicated […]

Thomas Mathen | 2010 – 2011

Thomas invented Sat Nav. Although we all know that it’s a bit of lie, we like to tell people anyway, because they are gullible and will believe most things. Special skills: hurdles and painting false eyeballs. PS: Thomas is wise. It’s hard not to notice, though in teaching sessions, we try not to make a […]

Dr Brin Rabindra | 2010 – 2011

Brin is from Albania, and thus a huge fan of Norman Wisdom. She joins Roxanne at Norman Wisdom conferences, and they sometimes get into fights. In her spare time, she likes to wear wetsuits, so has taken up scuba diving and marine biology. These interests do not sit easily with her love of hang-gliding. Special […]

Dr Ghazal Saadat | 2010 – 2011

“Hello! My name is Ghazal (but everyone calls me Gazelle to make it a bit easier!). I got involved with Extreme Psychiatry as a 3rd year medical student because although I found psychiatry loads of fun and fascinating, there were some bits which I found quite tricky such as how to speak to a patient […]

Dr Sophie Touzin | 2010 – 2011

“I joined Extreme Psych in my third year because it is an amazing learning opportunity and helped me overcome so many of my fears associated with psychiatry! I joined as a Peer Facilitator to give something back and because I enjoy psychiatry as I find the mind fascinating and it features heavily in all other […]

Dr Michael Utterson | 2010 – 2011

Michael was born without gravity and his family had to hold him down with bricks throughout his childhood, which worried Social Services. He did not grow up on an estate. No. He grew up on the moon, and can give Neil Armstrong a slow-mo’ run for his money. Michael’s favourite word is “anthracite”; favourite food […]

Sabrina Vitello | 2010 – 2011

Sabrina has appeared in numerous “Compare The Meerkat / Market” adverts and was (controversially) cast as BA Barakus in the last A Team movie. Sabrina looks rather smug in this picture. That is not her usual expression at all. In fact, this may be the only time she has ever looked smug, so we are […]

Dr Kate Adlington | 2009 – 2010

“Extreme Psych saved me from my third year struggles with psychiatry history-taking and OSCE fears! The doctors and PFs were Extremely nice and Extremely knowledgable and massively improved my confidence doing role-plays in a supportive environment. Thanks to this positive experience I decided to give something back and have thoroughly enjoyed being a PF myself […]

Dr Liz Charles-Edwards | 2009 – 2010

“I was a scientist before becoming a medical student and whilst I found this a useful background for physiology and pharmacy, psychiatry was a very different challenge and within a few weeks of my 3rd year rotation I was all at sea. The science of psychiatry lies in exploring and defining specific aspects of a […]

Dr James Dove | 2009 – 2010

“Hello! I was involved with Extreme Psych for 18 months, as pupil and peer facilitator and it has been an incredible learning journey. The Doctors are keen and friendly and the job of Peer Facilitator really honed my skills of constructive criticism as well as multi-tasking. I encourage everyone to get involved! I enjoy all […]

Dr Whui Lim | 2009 – 2010

Whui undertook an SSC in Extreme Psychiatry, as well as working as a Peer Facilitator for a year. She helped write role plays and developed her teaching skills, but was scarred for life by the entire process, and now empathises unintentionally with random strangers. Though seemingly quiet and unassuming, she has set up a vuvuzela […]

Dr Lucy McCall-Smith | 2009 – 2010

Lucy’s smile has healing powers. Touch the screen and you may well gain benefit, even over the internet (DISCLAIMER: clearly not true, but feel free to try it anyway). She’s a thoughtful, empathic lass, with a lovely manner – just some of the reasons why she was chosen to be a Peer Facilitator in 2010. […]

Dr Maryam Rafique | 2009 – 2010

One of the most overtly enthusiastic members of the team, Maryam’s joyful Peer Facilitation triggered episodes of running and jumping in her students, due to the adrenalin she oozed. She completed her SSC in Extreme Psychiatry, and lectured on the course as part of her assessment. Maryam’s sweet and vibrant presence has been missed since […]

Dr Faraz Siddiqui | 2009 – 2010

Faraz, Faraz, Faraz. What can be said? He runs marathons and still turns up for teaching the next day, using the stairs when the rest of us took the lift. Look into his eyes. Not around his eyes. Into his eyes. Those are the eyes of a man who knows his psychiatry and knows how […]

Dr Dominic Craver | 2007 – 08

Dom was always rather sceptical about psychiatry until, that is, he walked into his first Extreme Psych session down in the Ladywell Unit (circa 2006). He got so enthused that at one point he even considered becoming a psychiatrist. Even his job in psychiatry at the Maudsley didn’t put him off. He thought maybe he […]