Student editors: what happened next?
They take a year out of medical school to edit the magazine, but what happens when they put the pen down and pick up their stethoscope? The first in the series is Anna Ellis
- By: Anna Ellis
I was student editor in 2002-3, and was more nervous returning to my final year at medical school in Sheffield than I had ever been skipping off to London to do something new.
The plan since then has been to get established clinically, get postgraduate qualifications, and go back to publishing in the medium to long term. I did a general practice training scheme, and this along with two children has kept me pretty busy for the last seven years.
I learnt quickly as student editor—things like not putting illustrations behind text and avoiding drowning in a sea of emails. I wrote a few pieces for the BMJ; I remember one news story about students at a university that the press office clearly did not want me to write. I was speaking to the press officer on the phone and it got a little heated. Both Richard Smith, the then