How STFYD began...

The Shrove Tuesday Dinner started in 1940 during the Blitz at the old Westminster Hospital. Staff and students decided a dinner should be held for the medical students and doctors to help raise spirits and alleviate the mood of the time. One student during the speeches sketched a caricature of the speaker on the tablecloth. This was then cut out, passed round, signed by all present and mounted. The dinner has continued without interruption since then and all the caricatures now hang in the basement of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.

Since the formation of Imperial College School of Medicine from the previous medical schools, the Dinner has merged with St Mary’s Hospital Medical School’s Final Year Dinner resulting in the current Shrove Tuesday Final Year Dinner. Although many traditions have remained it is now an occasion unrelated to the start of Lent but instead a night for finalists to look back on their time at medical school and celebrate reaching the end of their medical school journey. It is a very intimate occasion with final years and consultants dining side-by-side hearing speeches from students and the chosen guest orator before being joined by other senior students and doctors for the after-party.

Although filled with traditions, like the STFYD video, the Shrove Tuesday Final Year Dinner manages to remain unique to each class as it celebrates their individual journeys, their talents and the friendships they have each made at ICSM.