Student advice

Raising concerns about patient safety

20 January 2014

A medical student was working on a general surgical ward as part of his surgical attachment at a university teaching hospital. He was working closely with the F1 assigned to the ward and was being supervised by one of the senior trainees.

Elective planning dos and don'ts

28 November 2013

By rights I should have had the most seamless time organising my elective. After all, I had just taken a year out of my medical studies to set up The Electives Network (TEN). Twelve months spent gathering information on hospitals all over the world and digitising thousands of student feedback reports to build a resource to help other medical students.

Foundation seminars
Starting life as a junior doctor

28 November 2013

After the excitement of passing your finals fades, the horror of starting work as a doctor sets in. No one expects their first day to be anything less than terrifying.

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Producing a medical app

27 November 2013

Medical apps have great potential for supporting medical education. But if you’re considering creating your own, remember that your ethical obligations are the same as those for any publication.

Student thinking
What kind of doctor do you want to be?

27 November 2013

You haven't even graduated yet and already people are asking what kind of doctor you want to be. They usually mean which specialty do you want to pursue but the question could have another meaning.

The impact of social media

26 November 2013

Billions of people use social media every day. Medical students need to be more guarded than most in what they post online. Careers may be at stake.

Choosing student-selected components

15 November 2013

Dr Caroline Elton is an occupational psychologist and former Head of the Careers Unit at London Deanery. In February 2014 she set up Career Planning for Doctors/Dentists.

Motivating your patient

15 November 2013

Motivational interviewing during consultations has been shown to promote behaviour change in patients. Dr Emma Sedgwick explains how.