The Clegg Scholarship: an alternative elective
Ruth Little gives the lowdown on her time working at the BMJ in London, far from her native city of Melbourne, learning about medical journalism
- By: Ruth Little
Right from the beginning, I drifted through medicine. Students around me were focused and passionate. One day, I hoped, their consuming desire to be a doctor would strike me and cure me of my cynicism and lack of direction. I have realised that this lightning moment will never come for me. This thought terrifies me, as I cannot imagine myself working as a doctor, and I am about to start the final year. Since realising all this I have been searching for my niche in the medical realm; my elective could provide an invaluable opportunity for me to explore using my medical knowledge in a “non-medical” area. As a result, during my elective I did not set foot inside a hospital or see any patients. Instead I spent seven and a half weeks as a Clegg Scholar at the BMJ.
The Clegg Scholarship provided a window onto the world of