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 third in the series was a jointly held position: Tiago Villanueva (Summer 2005) and Klaus Morales.
Since its inception, the Student BMJ had always had British editors. But Deborah Cohen [the then Student BMJ editor] reassured me that it was ready for an international one. To back me up, I had the experience of being a student adviser for three years, and I had also been a Clegg Scholar.
So three days later after finishing medical school I was moving city, country, and profession. Most of my colleagues were enjoying the Portuguese summer and the beach as well as preparing for the national examination to get into specialist training.
What I enjoyed about editing the Student BMJ was the creative and intellectual freedom to come up with stimulating topics every month. This freedom is often lacking in the regulated environment of clinical medicine. Moreover, a city like London and an institution like the BMJ have tremendous pulling power to attract talent from all over the world.