The selection of medical students may result in extremely bright and very young people with numerous A* grades and near-zero life experience being selected for UK Medical Schools (many are still called Schools and we know the brain is still actively developing until at least the age of 25). In the absence of being adequately prepared for a stressful working life in the NHS against the background of their own individual personalities, behaviours, attitudes and values – it is possible to predict that a number will struggle and worse. This is neither good for them nor those for whom they will be providing NHS care.
The Medical Schools Council “represents the interests and ambitions of UK Medical Schools as they relate to the generation of national health, wealth and knowledge acquisition through biomedical research and the profession of medicine. As an organisation it occupies a unique position, embracing medical undergraduate education, health-related research, a critical interface with the health service, and postgraduate education and training.”
The Medical Schools Council is looking for members of the public to take part in focus groups exploring patients’ expectations of doctors and their views on selecting medical students and this seems like a good opportunity for getting to work on addressing some of the key concerns and issues that affect these (mostly) still very young and inexperienced people.
If you are a patient representative (Patient Participation Group member/Healthwatch for example) and would like to be involved please direct them to contact Thomas Marsh at 020 7419 5430 or Thomas.Marsh@medschools.ac.uk