The Oxford Medical School Gazette (OMSG) is a tri-annual publication which is written, edited and designed by students at Oxford University Medical School. The idea for the Gazette was hatched in 1947 by a small group of impoverished medical students led by Geoffrey Smeardon. After obtaining sponsorship from the Oxford Brewery and using funds from their own ex-service grants, they scraped together enough money to produce the first edition in 1949 and the Gazette never looked back. It has been in continuous publication ever since, making it the oldest medical student journal in the world.
The publication has evolved dramatically since 1949. It has moved from A5 to A4 size, has print runs of over 1000, and is now entirely edited, designed and illustrated by members of the medical school. More recently, we have taken a fresh look at how we engage with readers; we have now started producing an array of short, topical online articles including news reports, opinion pieces and small features. These appear on our website each week to keep the Gazette relevant and involved between print publications.
The Gazette is available free of charge to all clinical students at Oxford Medical School and has subscribers all around the world, ranging from alumni, academics and doctors, to schools and universities. It covers all aspects of medical life: from scientific review, opinion, comment and discussion, to comedy, profiles, a crossword and everything in between.
Full runs are held at the Cairns Library of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and at the British Library in London.
We hope you enjoy the site.
Philomena Lip & Giles Neal
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