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BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 15 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6883
  1. James Owen Drife, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology
  1. 1Leeds, UK
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

Doctors who graduate together have a lasting bond. Or rather they used to have, when classes were smaller. Today, half of the United Kingdom’s medical schools have annual intakes of 250 or more (some many more), and even the most sociable of students must find it hard to know more than a few of their contemporaries.

Mass gatherings become rare as the course progresses, but last month the Leeds third year students came together for their professionalism ceremony. Initiated last year, it celebrates the time when things start to get serious. Fripperies like biochemistry …

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