Cultivating compassion – students to lead the way?
Each year the BHMA student essay prize provides a new holistic challenge to stimulate the students’ imagination and provoke holistic thought.
Medical students often feel useless at the start of clinical training in their third year. They feel they cannot contribute meaningfully as they do not yet have the adequate knowledge or skills. Is there a way we as students can turn this around? Is there a special role we can play to utilise what we have learnt in the first two years of the curriculum? We might not know how to cannulate a vein well, interpret ECGs properly, formulate accurate differential diagnoses or management plans, but that will come in time.