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Who applies and who gets admitted to UK graduate entry medicine?: an analysis of UK admission statistics

Garrud, Paul

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Paul Garrud



Abstract

Background

Graduate-entry medicine is a recent development in the UK, intended to expand and broaden access to medical training. After eight years, it is time to evaluate its success in recruitment.

Objectives

This study aimed to compare the applications and admissions profiles of graduate-entry programmes in the UK to traditional 5 and 6-year courses.

Methods

Aggregate data on applications and admissions were obtained from the Universities and Colleges Admission Service covering 2003 to 2009. Data were extracted, grouped as appropriate and analysed with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences.

Results

Graduate-entry attracts 10,000 applications a year. Women form the majority of applicants and admissions to graduate-entry and traditional medicine programmes. Graduate-entry age profile is older, typically 20's or 30's compared to 18 or 19 years in traditional programmes. Graduate-entry applications and admissions were higher from white and black UK ethnic communities than traditional programmes, and lower from southern and Chinese Asian groups. Graduate-entry has few applications or admissions from Scotland or Northern Ireland. Secondary educational achievement is poorer amongst graduate-entry applicants and admissions than traditional programmes.

Conclusions

Graduate-entry has succeeded in recruiting substantial additional numbers of older applicants to medicine, in which white and black groups are better represented and Asian groups more poorly represented than in traditional undergraduate programmes.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 26, 2011
Journal BMC Medical Education
Electronic ISSN 1472-6920
Publisher Humana Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue Septem
Article Number 4
Institution Citation Garrud, P. (2011). Who applies and who gets admitted to UK graduate entry medicine?: an analysis of UK admission statistics. BMC Medical Education, 11(Septem), doi:10.1186/1472-6920-11-71
DOI https://doi.org/10.1186/1472-6920-11-71
Publisher URL http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/11/71
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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