It’s important for the medical profession to represent the communities they work in. In the UK at the moment that’s not always the case; indeed around 80% of students studying medicine come from only 20% of UK schools and colleges, and roughly half of UK schools and colleges have no applicants to medicine at all.
Nationally, there is also growing concern about the shortage of qualified doctors choosing to train in general practice, with some models calling for a 50% increase in the general practice workforce by 2020.
I’m a Medic, Get me out of here will give school students the opportunity to meet and interact with healthcare professionals in general practice. Through reading profiles, questioning, and taking part in live chats, school students will see healthcare professionals as people like them and help them identify with careers in Primary Healthcare.
The project is open to all state-maintained secondary schools and colleges in the UK, with priority places for schools in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.
To work with students currently under-represented in Healthcare careers we also prioritise widening participation (WP) and distant (D) schools.
Widening Participation School
A school in an area where POLAR3 is in the first quintile, or…
A school where the % of students eligible for free school meals is higher than 41%, or…
A school where the % of students achieving 5 grades A*–C at KS4 is below 45%
A school more than 25 miles from a major research HEI
Find out more about Widening Participation