Our new writers: results of the column competition
Our new writers: results of The competition for two new soundings columnists attracted many entries - thank you to all those who submitted a column. The winners were James Thomas and Sally Morrison-Griffiths. You can read their columns, along with those of the two runners up, who will receive £75 each.
If I have learnt anything during my intercalated degree, it is that I spent far too long drinking coffee during my third year. Not only have I suffered horrendous withdrawal symptoms, but I am lacking in confidence when it comes to anything vaguely clinical. My third year was little more than an extended tour of the various League of Friends cafés around the hospital.
Where did it go wrong? Perhaps it was because of ill health back home. I wasn't in the right mood, my heart wasn't really in it. Perhaps I wasn't wearing the right hat. Perhaps I should do away with the hat altogether. Whatever happened, as I re-enter clinical medicine, I have vowed to my friends not to revert to the coffee guzzling monster that I was. “Nonsense,” they reply. “You'll be drinking coffee by Monday,” they shout. “Why don't you iron your own shirts?” they cry.