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
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