Ageism in medical school
Rumour is rife about prejudice at medical schools. Kinesh Patel thinks ageism is sometimes overlooked
- By: Kinesh Patel
There has been a lot of discussion lately about the elimination of unfair practices throughout the health service, particularly in relation to the equal treatment of patients, regardless of their age, sex, or origin.
In keeping with these developments, it is only right that medical schools should abolish the upper age limit for entry, as this is ageism at its most rampant. There are, quite rightly, vigorous campaigns in action to permit the entrance of disabled people into medical school, yet the upper age limit has gone largely unquestioned by the medical establishment.
Diversity in medicine can only be a positive force, and those with different experiences of life add to both the institution in which they are educated and the profession that they join. There is also little doubt that those with a more mature attitude to life are more suited to the medical course, maturity being one of