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Student Careers


BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 01 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:060118
  1. Bryony Whipp, final year medical student1
  1. 1King's College, London Bryony

Collaboration between healthcare disciplines is essential, and countless examples show doctors working closely with other professionals. But student action has not been so well explored. Bryony Whipp looks at how medical students are collaborating with other students and professionals in programmes that are making a difference

Collaboration has become a buzzword and is often presented as a solution to problems in health and development. The following examples of student activities illustrate how collaboration with others can help us to achieve the best results with minimal harm.

Student Stop AIDS

Student Stop AIDS was launched in 2003 with the aim of “educating young people in order to mobilise their energy and commitment to stop AIDS.” The campaign was made up of a coalition of different agencies that worked with young people on the issue of HIV/AIDS. The agencies included Medsin, Student Partnership Worldwide, Action Aid, Student Action for Refugees, and People and Planet. Collective action was thought to be the most effective way of achieving a shared goal with limited resources. Furthermore, each agency brought specific knowledge and skills.

The representatives for each agency came from different backgrounds and brought specific expertise, for example, developing campaigns, working with students, designing websites and publicity materials, and fundraising.

Although the students …

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