Happy new year!
A new academic year starts, and with it fresh faced first years fill lecture theatres, new clinical students step onto wards, and everyone is a step closer to graduation. September is a fitting month to celebrate new beginnings and wish each other a happy new academic year. Starting medical school is a memorable time, but before you adopt the tired but true cliché of “work hard but party harder,” Daniel Henderson has some advice that could help you avoid the pitfalls that can end the fun prematurely (doi:10.1136/sbmj.b3243).
If you are starting clinical firms this year, you will be faced with bedside teaching and gruelling questions that doctors will undoubtedly throw at you. After reading “How to answer questions” you should be able to stand up to interrogation from even the most hardened consultants (doi:10.1136/sbmj.b2173). If you’re more worried about A/H1N1 then our swine flu article will get you up