Masud Chowdhury, MSC widening participation lead 2016-2017
In the UK, medicine and being a doctor has traditionally been seen as a career for the elite or privileged in British society.
Although the medical profession has sought to combat this over recent decades, the recent Selecting for Excellence report released in 2014 which examined the issue of widening participation into medicine, found that 80% of all medical students in the UK stem from just 20% of schools.
Despite efforts to increase gender parity and ethnic diversity amongst UK doctors, the lack of people from lower socio economic backgrounds entering the profession is still a reality.
With such demanding entry criteria into medical school, it is important that candidates to medical schools are selected in the fairest way possible. However concerns have been raised that some students, despite having the necessary aptitude to study medicine, are being excluded from this career pathway, to the detriment of the profession.
Read more about the Selecting for Excellence report from the Medical Schools Council
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