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
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