Transferring between medical schools
Using their experiences of transferring between universities, Nishanthan Rajakumaraswamy, Iqbal Toor, and Geraint Thomas explore the options for medical students wanting to study somewhere else
Many of us do not realise that we can transfer between universities during our medical degree or for an intercalated degree, if our personal or academic interests are strong enough to warrant this. Getting all the information needed to make an application to the university you want to transfer to is often difficult.
We contacted every medical school in the United Kingdom by sending a questionnaire comprising a series of questions, to gauge the willingness of each medical school to allow students to transfer in and out at different points within the medical degree or for an intercalated degree.
Since the publication of Tomorrow's Doctors, medical schools have started to offer increasingly integrated curriculums.1 The traditional distinction between preclinical and clinical phases has become blurred, as clinical skills are now being taught in the old preclinical part of medical degrees. This has implications on the ease with which medical students