For those of you revising for your exams, you may have been momentarily distracted by the Candy Anatomy project doing the rounds on social media. Mike McCormick, a first year medical student at Glasgow University, has created confectionary based revision aids to illustrate anatomical structures. He explains more about how his obsession has developed (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h2139).
Mike’s project has brought a new dimension to learning anatomy. In recent years there has been a decline in the opportunities available for medical students to learn anatomy through both dissection and prosection. Fewer medical schools offer it, and this has led the Royal College of Surgeons to raise concerns about students’ anatomical knowledge when they graduate. But could 3D printing be about to bring anatomy teaching back to life? Chris Tattersall investigates how the ability to scan and print body parts could start to make teaching anatomy more affordable and accessible for the masses (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h1930).
Also on the theme of anatomy, Daryl Ramai interviews Peter Abrahams, a general practitioner and clinical anatomist who says “every doctor is a better diagnostician the more anatomy they know.” (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h1901) And Ben Galen, an anatomy instructor from New York, urges you to take a trip to the morgue before you go back to the ward so you can get a better understanding of the pathology behind why your patient died to inform your physical examination skills in the future (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h1904).
With the UK general election upon us, how will you vote? Gareth Iacobucci rounds up what the major political parties are proposing for healthcare. These proposals are likely to shape what your future training and career might look like (doi:10.1136/bmj.h2031). One of the popular promises being made by political parties is to train more GPs and extend opening hours of the surgeries. This month’s Ask the Careers Psychologist tackles which medical career offers the best option for a good work-life balance. There has been a long held perception that general practice is the frontrunner. But has this always been true, and is it about to change in the coming years? Read Caroline Elton’s response (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h2131).
Your medical elective can be a great opportunity to gain exposure to a different area of medicine. But how can you make sure it’s not an isolated experience and will help you as you plan your career? Katie Dallison, careers consultant for the BMA, provides some pointers on how to make the most of your elective experience (doi:10.1136/sbmj.h2161).Matthew Billingsley, editor, Student BMJ
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