Get stuck in
When applying to medical school, few applicants realise that as a clinical medical student you will spend a substantial proportion of your time waiting for things to happen. This may be waiting for tutorials to begin, waiting for patients to arrive, or waiting for the inevitable grilling from the consultant about a topic that is beyond your powers of recall.
Occasionally during these mundane periods of waiting, something dramatic and totally unexpected occurs. I recently found myself in exactly this situation. I had been waiting for a ward round to begin when suddenly, out of the blue, the cardiac arrest alarm rang out across the ward. In a matter of seconds a team of doctors and nurses had descended on the patient and started cardiopulmonary resuscitation. The curtains were drawn, and I could see only silhouettes of activity behind the curtain. I toyed with the idea of getting involved with