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Student BMJ comes of age

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 06 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3385
  1. Matthew Billingsley, editor, Student BMJ

Announcing some exciting developments

It is 23 years since Student BMJ was launched—the age when most people leave medical school to start their life as a fully fledged doctor. This milestone coincides with a new chapter for Student BMJ that includes a range of improvements aimed at benefitting you, our readers. Let me share with you how we have arrived at a new, digital first Student BMJ that aims to guide and accompany you every step of your journey from applying to medical school through to fully trained junior doctor.

Since 1992, Student BMJ has been providing medical students with a mix of educational, journalistic content and careers advice, to prepare you for your future development as a doctor. We have also provided a platform for medical students to vent and share the travails of studying medicine. For me, Student BMJ is at its best when readers provide nuggets of practical information you simply can’t pick up from medical school or in textbooks, sharing what they’ve learnt—from both experience and mistakes. Our authors have aimed to capture and articulate aspects of the hidden curriculum: things you pick up only through experience or which are passed down by a colleague. Whether it’s about how to interpret chest radiographs, scrubbing up in surgery, responding to on-call emergencies, or practising suturing techniques on a banana—Student BMJ has …

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