UK medical schools may be forced to drop entrance standards
- By: Rhona MacDonald, Sîan Knight
Medical schools in the United Kingdom will be forced to drop their entry standards if they want to cope with declining applications and increasing places, according to a report in the Guardian (29 August).
The government plans to increase the number of people receiving medical training, but for the last few years the number of people applying for places has been dropping. The government wants 7500 new medical students to start university in 2003. At current rates, only about 9000 students would be applying for these places, leaving medical schools with little choice over who they accepted.
Professor Graeme Catto, chairman of the General Medical Council's education committee, believes that medical schools face a clear problem so they will have to drop required A level grades to attract more students. He said, “I hope that medical schools will look at other ways of selecting students than A levels, so the