Course helping students into medicine achieves near perfect success

Professor Steve Heys, head of the School of Medicine at Aberdeen University.
Professor Steve Heys, head of the School of Medicine at Aberdeen University.

A programme encouraging students into medicine has achieved a near-100% success rate in its first year.

The pre-medical entry course, funded by the universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow, shared £330,000 to fund 40 places for 2017-18.

It aims to give those from diverse backgrounds the experience and qualifications needed to become students in medicine.

Following the first year, 40 students out of 42 completed the course and will go on to study medicine. From 2019, places on the course will increase to 50 across both universities.

Professor Steve Heys, head of the School of Medicine at Aberdeen University, said: “The high proportion of those going on to study medicine here at Aberdeen is testament to the high quality of our applicants.”

Reuben Burgess from Peterhead was one of the students on the Aberdeen University course.

He said: “The gateway course both enabled and encouraged me to pursue my medical passions.

“I’ve entered medicine with a clinical and practical mind-set and more hands on experience than I could’ve ever hoped for.

“I’ve made life-long friends to study my degree with and have been given the opportunity to work in what I feel naturally inclined to do and to help others by that.”

 

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