News in brief: January 2015
Medical schools should include primary schools in their programmes to widen access to medicine, guidance from the Medical Schools Council has recommended.1
The first set of guidance from the council on widening access to the profession advises medical schools to include primary school activities in any outreach programmes designed to encourage applicants from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a career in medicine. The guidance says that although many medical schools have outreach programmes, these sometimes overlook the early stages of a child’s education. Young people should be helped early on to explore their interests, challenge stereotypes, and understand jargon, it says.
The guidance has been issued under the aegis of the council’s Selecting for Excellence Group. The work is part of a two year initiative set up in early 2013 to widen participation in medicine and ensure that the best candidates can apply for places at medical school, irrespective of their