The first graduate entry medics
Where are they now?
The new millennium saw the arrival of shorter, four year graduate entry medicine courses in the United Kingdom. They were intended to widen access to people with non-traditional qualifications.12 We’ve been finding out how the first cohort of graduate entry medics fared.
The introduction of graduate entry medicine led to a BBC documentary, a heated debate between doctors on whether medicine in the UK should be “graduate only,” and quantitative and qualitative research papers on the benefits and disadvantages.34
Graduate applicants now have 16 medical schools to choose from, but at first just two medical schools offered the programme.
Although Leicester-Warwick was open only to those with a science background, St George’s allowed non-scientists to apply. Educators felt that this would broaden and diversify the student population.5 So a decade on, how have that first cohort from St George’s fared in their careers?
Kate Coffey, now a specialist registrar in