Selecting the next generation
The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) results are out; medical school applications are in and mostly processed; the interview season is well under way. I am bug eyed from reading personal statements, all of which seem to begin with “From an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of the human body.”
I have shaken hands with more outstandingly gifted youngsters than I have ever met outside the medical school application process. I have read how characters were honed in tropical jungles or by scaling Himalayan peaks. I have underlined examinations passed without dropping a mark and quirky arts subjects studied in parallel with hard sciences. I have noted exceptional social or material circumstances pointed out by teachers anxious to maximise number of offers from the Russell Group of top UK research universities for their school’s annual report.
I have been told so many times that the future of