Students should get more involved
Encouraging medical students to critically appraise and publish original research is an excellent opportunity to engage in academic medicine.1 And with the increasing emphasis on evidence based medicine in the National Health Service, these skills will soon be as important for doctors as clinical competence, effective communication, and teamwork. With the International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine under way, there is no better time to get involved in research and audit, especially as a student.
At the University of Edinburgh, all students undertake a research project in their fourth year, and intercalating is optional. This year, a new student society ATRIUM (academic training in undergraduate medicine) has also provided students with information and resources to develop these skills, even running a “how to write letters to the editor” session, which returned excellent feedback from students. Changing medical school curriculums to acknowledge the importance of research to clinical work is a