Poor students need expert advice to get into medical schools

Aug 28, 2015 by

Stuyvesant High School-  Several students at the prestigious school have  been Accused of cheating on final exams using their cell phones.  Daniel Shapiro 6/26/12

Stuyvesant High School- Several students at the prestigious school have been Accused of cheating on final exams using their cell phones. Daniel Shapiro 6/26/12

There is fierce competition for places to study medicine – and state school pupils often miss out because they are ill-prepared

Over 90% of applications to medicine degree courses were rejected in 2014. For many would-be students, the odds of obtaining an offer to study medicine at university are extremely slim – especially if they are not from a priviledged background.

With just shy of 85,000 applications to UK medical schools last year, it is obvious that not everybody can secure a highly coveted place. However, the success rates of top applicants very wildly, with many receiving no offers, while some secure the maximum four. This is often down to the lack of support offered by some schools to students applying.

A recent report on university admissions highlighted how “a lack of support and guidance for applying to medical school is a major barrier for many students from less advantaged backgrounds”.

Widening access to medicine as a career remains a huge challenge. The financial burden of a degree that lasts at least five years acts as an obstacle for many students. And statistics show that those who study medicine generally come from well-educated homes – 65% of doctors in training have at least one parent who completed a university degree.

Source: Poor students need expert advice to get into medical schools | Education | The Guardian

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