So…you want to be a manager?
Rachel Hooke discusses some of the managerial positions available to medical students and gives some advice on what to do
Most medical students are probably not inclined to think much about management, and there tends to be a “them and us” culture in the medical profession, often combined with a certain amount of contempt and superiority.
There are, however, many informal management positions for students and doctors. These include medical faculty representative, student magazine editor, mess president, BMA representative, committee chairperson, social secretary, annual dinner coordinator. The list is endless.
In the 1980s the government realised that the NHS needed more dedicated managers, and doctors were largely excluded from this process. However, it is much more acceptable nowadays for medics to enter this world. It is becoming almost essential to have some management knowledge and experience at higher levels.
There is nothing like being plunged into a situation to make you realise the resources that you possess. When the adrenaline is flowing and you have a sense of purpose, you