Around the world
- By: Katherine Bettany
This month’s Student BMJ has a definitely international thread. The civil war in Syria is quickly becoming one of the most serious humanitarian disasters of our time. Yet—both in front of the cameras and behind the scenes—healthcare workers continue to provide for Syria’s population under extraordinary pressure and in the face of many challenges. In his feature (doi:10.1136/sbmj.f7007), Keir Stone-Brown speaks to the medical students who remain in the country about what life and study are like for them.
A big part of our life at medical school both here and abroad is the medical elective. Many of you will be planning yours at the moment—but our offering of features asks you to consider more than just the weather and opportunities for travel. In his feature (doi:10.1136/sbmj.f7057), BMA ethicist Julian Sheather sheds light on the ethics of electives, particularly in low income settings, and shares ways to ensure that your