Student soapbox: Bad feeling about medical school mergers
Navin Chohan can see the advantages, but prejudice still exists
- By: Navin Chohan
SBRLHSMDQMW. That's the abbreviation of my medical school's name. It stands for “Saint Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals Schools of Medicine and Dentistry at Queen Mary and Westfield College” - quite a mouthful, and that's not even with the “of the University of London” on the end of it.
In the early 1990s the right honourable ladies and gentlemen who were then in power ordered that the many London based medical schools should be merged with each other and absorbed by the big University of London colleges. The purpose was to consolidate medical teaching resources and to create four large centres of medical education in London. The result of this is the beast of a name that my college now sports.
As a sixth former I actually applied to the Royal London Hospital Medical School, through the UCAS scheme, to study course M200, otherwise known as medicine. Many of