Newspapers, magazines, and even medical journals influence the perception of medicine and healthcare professionals. Emma Gibson explored her passion for journalism with several powerful media outlets
Before deciding to study medicine, I wanted to be a journalist, and I still have this passion. When some of the current fifth year medical students gave talks about their experiences on student selected component placement, I remember them emphasising that we should go out and make the most of this unique time. This is a challenge I relished. I decided to pursue a number of facets of the London medical media and inform myself of the current scene.
I first made contact almost a year before my placement, and the following nine months of planning was a learning experience in itself—a rollercoaster ride of rejection and acceptance. As a medic, you might think that all doors are wide open. This is not the case and a media guru is more likely to view a typical keen student as being in their way. The key to success is a delicate