Older & wiser?
Stephanie Gapper considers the pros and cons of graduate entry medicine
- By: Stephanie Gapper
You can't poke your nose out of doors as a medical student without being bombarded with information concerning the changing face of medicine and the medical workforce. There's Modernising Medical Careers, problem based learning, personal and professional development, and a host of other things, all designed to “ease” the transition through medical school and into your working life—and in the process, complicating things horrendously. Among all this is yet another one: graduate entry medicine.
Teaching medicine to students who already have another degree is nothing particularly new. In the United States, medicine has been exclusively a postgraduate course for generations, and Ireland has now gone the same way. Australia has been running a combination of graduate and undergraduate courses for over a decade. Britain has come to the fold rather late (the first graduate entry course was set up at St George's in 2000), although mature students have been on