Fastracking through medicine
Access to medicine is changing. Peter McCrorie explains how London is leading the way in the UK
The BBC is producing a sequel to the “fly on the wall” documentary series Doctors to Be. They will follow a dozen students as they embark on a brand new medical course in London. The documentary will track their lives first as students and then as doctors. The new style four year medical course for graduates begins this September at St George's Hospital Medical School. It will be open to everyone with an honours degree in any discipline (2ii or above).
The academic constraints on graduates entering the five year programme are too rigorous - excellent science A levels (including chemistry); good GCSEs, and a 2i or above in their degree.
There is an early enforced choice between arts and sciences encouraged by the A level educational system in England and Wales (unlike the far superior Scottish and Irish Higher systems). This enforced choice results in a loss to the