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 fifth in the series is Hugh Ip. 1
I edited Student BMJ after doing an intercalated BSc. I felt incredibly excited about the opportunity, and I wondered whether medical journalism would be a path out of medicine. Hospital life seemed so busy that I wondered if it was for me. But the editorship was no easy way out. It was a fast paced and challenging job that stretched me as a writer.
I remember a senior editor asking me to rewrite an average article, because he thought I could write an “excellent” one. My heart sank at the thought of the extra hours ahead. In retrospect, my favourite part of the job was learning from experienced editors with high standards who were willing to nurture and support me. That article ended up being one of my favourites.
The year at Student BMJ showed me the challenges of medical journalism. Unexpectedly, it also made me appreciate clinical medicine more.