Systematic review and meta-analysis: ethnicity and academic performance
Is the ethnicity of UK trained doctors and medical students related to their academic performance?
- By: Aneez Esmail
There has been concern for some time that students from ethnic minorities, who now make up about 40% of graduating medical students from British universities, do worse in their exams than their white colleagues. This concern was highlighted by the Department for Education and Science, who commissioned a large report on degree attainment in 2007.1 This showed that across all courses excluding medicine (because it does not give classified degrees) black UK students and those from minority ethnic groups were less likely than white UK students and Irish students to achieve good degrees (first class or upper second). There has also been a concern that this may be a factor in medical school examinations, but we did not have the data to show if this really was the case. It is also important to understand that there have been concerns about discrimination in other areas of the medical profession where