Each Medical School in Britain will have its own Widening Access agenda but they share the same goal, to provide good quality doctors for the community they serve. Communities within Britain vary greatly, from affluent middle class areas to run down inner city estates, from areas with a high population of ethnic minorities to areas with few or no ethnic minorities, to quote but a few of these variations. Each medical school will tailor its widening access initiatives to serve its own community and provide doctors with a range of skills and backgrounds.
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.
Who are non-traditional students?
Non-traditional students in Phase 1 Medicine are generally categorised as those from the lower social classes who would perhaps consider a career in medicine out of their reach, or mature students who have spent some time in the workforce and have professional qualifications rather than A-Levels or a degree.
Why attract non-traditional students?
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.
Widening Access in Phase 1 Medicine is coordinated by Mrs Pam White. However this work would not be possible without help from Phase 1 Medicine staff and students.
If you want information or advice about Widening Access into Medicine then please email Ms. Helen Taylor.