Conference agrees on wider range of candidates for medical school
- By: Muhunthan Thillai
UK medical students who leave the course early should be allowed an “honourable exit” by being awarded a “half way degree.” This was one of the many recommendations made by the British Medical Association's board of medical education after a conference on selection for medical school.
The recently published report from the conference suggests that a half way degree would be given to students who have completed part of the course but feel that medicine is not for them. The only system currently available is to complete two years of a preclinical medical course and study for a one year BSc degree.
The main focus of the conference was aimed at widening the range of applications from different social classes to medical school as well as attracting more graduate students. Professor Lesley Southgate, a speaker at the conference from University College Medical School, London said: “The ‘door’ to medicine must