All sewn up for the new term
Welcome to a new year of medical school. If you’re a fresher, we have several articles to help you hit the ground running.
Firstly, the transition from A levels to medical school can be huge step up. Students from traditional as well as integrated and problem based learning courses advise on how to adjust to each teaching style (doi:10.1136/sbmj.j2997)
Secondly, our readers offer their tips on how to make the most of your time at medical school so you are prepared for your future career once you graduate (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3372)
Thirdly, Christian Boden, a financial adviser for the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund, gives an overview of what funding you are entitled to, and advises on what to do if you fall into financial difficulty (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3699).
What image comes to mind when you think about a career in surgery? Our spotlight on surgery aims to show you it’s much more than having good hand-eye coordination and a big ego.
David Riding, a specialist trainee vascular surgeon, outlines the training pathway for general surgery (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3728) and we feature surgeons from different stages of their careers who reveal the rewards and challenges of the job (doi:10.1136/sbmj.j3766).
Frank Acquaah, a core surgical trainee, explains what to expect from a surgical placement, what you should aim to get out of the experience, and tips on etiquette in theatre (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3718)
Ten million operations and procedures are performed in the UK every year, and Dafydd Lochan, a core surgical trainee, gives an overview of how doctors can play a supportive role in making sure patients are fully informed about the risks and benefits of undergoing a treatment (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3821)
And Eric Drabble, course director for Surgical Skills for Students at the Royal College of Surgeons, gives a masterclass on how to insert a stitch and how to tie two different types of knot (doi: 10.1136/sbmj.j3770).
Earlier in 2017, some final medical students at the University of Glasgow were caught sharing information about an upcoming exam. Several media outlets condemned this as cheating, however, the sharing of past and current exam content is widespread across UK medical schools, despite the General Medical Council’s disapproval. Laura Elliott, a 2017 Student BMJ Clegg Scholar, and I look at what the rules say and how to avoid getting caught cheating inadvertently (doi:10.1136/sbmj.j2863).
Kathy Oxtoby, a freelance journalist, considers what medical students should wear on the wards and for exams, after discussion at the 2017 BMA medical students conference revealed that some students are being penalised in exams for their attire (doi:10.1136/sbmj.j3207).
Elsewhere in this issue, the results of our 2017 health survey about our readers’ drinking habits are in (doi: 10.1136/sbmj. j3707). One in 10 claim to drink more than the recommended number of weekly units, however, nearly one in four respondents claim to be teetotal on an average week.
On the theme of drinking, did you know that up to 70% of presentations to emergency departments in the UK might be alcohol related? Acute alcohol intoxication presents a diagnostic challenge because it can mask and mimic a range of other physical and mental diagnoses. Andrew Charlton, an emergency medicine registrar, and Richard Keeble, an emergency medicine consultant, advise on how to assess and safely discharge a patient who is intoxicated (doi:10.1136/sbmj.j3227).
In our ethics columns this month, Marika Davies, a medicolegal adviser, offers advice on what to do if your housemate is dealing drugs, and when to raise concerns if you suspect a patient could be a terrorist.
And finally, remember that we are now accepting applications for our 2018 scholarship scheme. Join the Student BMJ team for a few weeks during your elective, special study module, or summer break to help write articles and produce videos for our readership. Find out more on how to apply see this link: http://student.bmj.com/student/view-article.html?id=sbmj.h4363
All the best for the new term.Matthew Billingsley, editor, Student BMJ
Competing interests: None declared.
Provenance and peer review: Not commissioned; not externally peer reviewed.