Personal view - Personal view
One size fits all?
- By: Emma Rourke
- Published: 29 May 2012
- DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e3597
- Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;20:e3597
As I nervously took my seat in a lecture theatre packed with 300 fresh faced first year medics, I experienced the same mix of anxiety and enthusiasm as many others. Stepping into this windowless expanse represented an achievement. Like many state educated students, I had no one to hold my hand through the medical admissions process; no personal statement reviews, no practice interviews, and certainly no admissions test training.
On that first day of medical school, I believed everyone had run the same gauntlet to get there, but I soon found I was wrong. It has long been acknowledged that independently schooled students experience greater success in the UK medical school admissions process. The Independent Schools Council reports that, despite accounting for just 7% of school age individuals, private school alumni comprise 28.5% of medicine and dentistry undergraduates.1
Reasons for this are complex, and include closer academic supervision, and guidance