Stethoscopes and calculators
What are the pros and cons of medical students taking part in a management project, wonder Benedict Mahony and colleagues
Consider the typical medical student; we sit in a consultant's clinic trying hard to be included, or for the less motivated of us, trying hard to stay awake; we trail after foundation year 1 doctors feeling a nuisance half of the time and hopelessly inadequate for the remainder; and we struggle to cram in the vast quantity of knowledge we are expected to acquire while trying to maintain some sort of social life. Okay, this may be a slight exaggeration, but hopefully you get the idea.
Now picture this-120 students sitting in a lecture theatre, first week of year 4, still finding our feet, and we are informed that our role as medical students is taking on a whole new dimension this year. We are to become NHS managers—our medical school calls it a quality improvement project.
Believe us, it isn't an understatement to say that most of the students