Life in 1992
What was life like for medical students when the Student BMJ began in 1992? Mark Scoote, Rachel Hooke, and Sabina Dosani reminisce
I was a fresher 10 years ago, having secured a place at Bart's Medical College, before it merged with neighbouring colleges. There were 105 of us in the year, a far cry from today's amalgamated schools. During the freshers' party and subsequent evening in the bar I met practically everyone in the college, something that I'm sure couldn't happen today.
We were marched into the lecture theatre to hear a welcoming address from the dean and listened intently as we were informed about the responsibilities and privileges of being a medical student during a time of rapid technological advance and change. As we soon found out, change was already occurring in the way the preclinical curriculum was taught. Gone were the traditional disciplines, replaced instead by modules based on an integrated systems approach and new trendy subjects such as communication skills, ethics, and psychology. Despite this our first lecture, “pH