There is currently a shortage of doctors in Britain and the North East region is no exception. We hope that students who are from the local area will be familiar with its particular health and social problems and will consequently make better doctors if they stay here to practice. Non-traditional students can bring many benefits to the student population, the medical profession and the local community. They have unique life experiences that can be shared with the class to bring about a better understanding of many of the health and social issues that a doctor will face in his/her working life.
The Phase 1 Medicine Programme at Durham already has a strong tradition of Widening Access into its Medicine course. As with many other Universities, our Widening Access initiatives are aimed at attracting what are termed "non-traditional" students from the local area into the medical profession.