In the UK, medicine and being a doctor has traditionally been seen as a career for the elite or privileged in society. Despite efforts to increase gender parity and ethnic diversity among UK doctors, the lack of people from lower socio-economic backgrounds entering the profession is still a reality.
The statistics below speak for themselves
of UK doctors are from working-class backgrounds
of medical students come from professional households with more than 25% from private school
of consultants are black, 60% are white and black doctors are far less likely to be promoted compared to their white colleagues.
What are we doing to help?
We believe it is imperative that we continue to encourage those with the potential to study medicine to regard it as a viable option, irrespective of their personal circumstances. The MedAhead financial support initiative aims to provide more equitable access to our products. We offer financial assistance through several bursaries, from 25% up to 100%, for both our in-person and virtual summer schools. In order to apply, you must meet the following criteria:
- Have a household income below £25,000
- Neither parents/guardians have attended university
- Attend a non-selective, non-fee-paying school
Special consideration will be given to those who are from particularly vulnerable or underrepresented groups, and each case will be assessed for its individual merits. In addition, you will be required to kindly submit a 300-word cover letter to detail your interest in medicine, and why you would like to attend our summer school. If you are interested, please contact us using the button below.