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 sixth in the series is Jessie
- By: Jessie Colquhoun
As friends began their fourth year of medicine, I left my student life in Manchester and began a year at the Student BMJ. Despite being apprehensive as I saw people moving on with the next year of medical school, I soon adjusted to a routine of morning news huddles and turning out copy. A few weeks into the job and I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever go back to medical school.
Seeing the first issue I’d produced was a wonderful feeling. I was terrified there was going to be a huge mistake somewhere—a spelling mistake on the cover, a blank page somewhere, or a picture in the wrong place. Luckily, I was surrounded by a team of professionals who weren’t going to let anything like that happen.
It was a good year to be editor. We redesigned the website and the print issue, and started making podcasts. For