- To provide services that improve equality of opportunity in the medical admissions process.
- To empower medical applicants by supporting their application to medical school.
- To inspire students that have not previously considered medicine.
- To support students in deciding whether medicine is right for them.
- To create and adapt programmes based on the direct needs of the students.
- To foster networks between disadvantaged medics to combat the inbuilt inequality of medical careers and academia.
We recognise that the medical profession does not reflect society
Not having advice and support when applying to medicine puts applicants at an immediate disadvantage. Private schools and paid services provide support to those lucky enough to be able to afford them, which makes the application process unfair, as well as harming the medical profession by reducing its diversity. Private education does not make a student any more able to thrive in medicine, in fact, evidence shows that state educated students perform better in medical school than those that have been privately educated.
Currently, around 5% of medical students come from a working class background, compared to 14% of the population. 25% of medical students without a previous degree have had a private education, compared to 7% of the population. Students are often told that they need to have the highest grades at A-level and GCSE to stand a chance at getting a place to study medicine. This is often not the case.
We are outraged at how poorly the medical profession reflects the general population, and believe that one reason for the underrepresentation of students from less privileged backgrounds is the lack of support and advice they receive in their applications.
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We’re trying to help by supporting students with their application
We are combatting this by providing the same information and support to students for free. Our resources, calculator, outreach and mentorship programme are designed to support and inform all students, however we place a specific focus on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that every student is aware of opportunities that they are entitled to.