The eight medical students who are doing an intercalated BSc in the Institute of Gerontology, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine have been working informally with their personal tutor Professor Anthea Tinker on a research project on ‘Volunteering in a Care Home before Medical School’.
As part of this research project they scrutinised the Prospectuses of all the Medical Schools in the UK to examine what criteria they used to accept students. While high academic scores were the most important medical schools also took into account other criteria such as volunteering and an interview. While they were working on this an article by McCartney was published in the British Medical Journal criticising firms who offered tutoring for the interview. The group felt that this was similar to some internships which could advantage those from a privileged background and their letter is a response agreeing with the author of the article.
The BMJ letter is available here:
The students are Victoria Berdugo, Michael Buckland, Lois Crabtree, Anissta Maheswaran, Andrea Ong, Jasmine Patel, Emilia Pusey, Chandini Sureshkumar.
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