It’s that time again—buy new highlighters, spruce up your wardrobe, and get your thinking caps on for the year’s lectures, tutorials, and clinical teaching. Whether you’ve only just started medical school or you’re a seasoned ward warrior, welcome to a new academic year. There’ll be sleepless nights, endless cramming, but lots of fun.
If you get freshers’ flu, it’s better to stay home than force yourself to lectures or placement. Kevin Dew explains the pitfalls of working through short term sickness (doi:10.1136/bmj.d3446). On the other hand, Rajat Thawani wonders whether we should bother going in at all (doi:10.1136/sbmj.d4414). In “Compulsory attendance” he questions why students are forced to go to lectures even when they know they won’t learn best in that environment.
Are you seeing patients this year? Julian Sheather covers the ins and outs of patient confidentiality (doi:10.1136/sbmj.d4886). He explains how not knowing the principles and practicalities of keeping