Selecting for Excellence final report published


11 / 12 / 2014 8.38am

The Medical Schools Council (MSC) has published the final report for its Selecting for Excellence project. The project looks at selection in the field of medicine and was established to address the fact that half of secondary schools in the UK have not provided a single medical applicant in recent years, and that 80 per cent of these applicants come from just 20 per cent of UK schools.

The report confirms that students from a lower socio-economic background are under-represented in medical academia, and that more work could be done to improve this through outreach programmes.  Work experience and volunteering is one of the areas highly recommended that needs further investment to highlight medical careers to possible candidates through outreach programmes. 

Some of the recommendations for medical schools and employers include:

·         continue to promote guidance on access courses to medical schools

·         further work should take place to assess uptake and the impact of work experience and volunteering of candidates from a lower socio-economic background

·         implement the Selecting for Excellence guidelines on work experience and signpost this clearly online for applicants, ensuring these fulfil the principles laid out in the guidance throughout the selection process

·         consider how information and careers advice can be promoted to career advisors and teachers within primary and secondary schools, and develop further guidance for this group to aid them in supporting students complete the medical application process and take up work experience / volunteering opportunities
analyse the impact of activities to improve a wider participation, and consider introducing a foundation course or expand the course currently run

·         take into account value for money and the impact these have on widening participation

·         consider the use of different data sources to track student progress from a widening participation background

·         use the Selection for Excellence guidance to strengthen outreach programmes

·         review online content on selection, with a view to it being quick and easy to locate and use

·         recognise that students are individual and may need further support depending on their socio-economic background, allowing them to reach their maximum potential

·         develop selection process utilising the common statement on the core values, skills and attributes needed to study medicine, involving evidence based assessment of these core values, aptitude tests, academic attainment and multiple mini interviews

·         work toward targets set out in the guidance for increasing the number of students from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Visit the Medical Schools Council website for the full report Selecting for Excellence: Final Report. 

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