AFFORDABILITY & WIDENING PARTICIPATION
Despite a number of existing organisations and widening participation schemes run by universities there still remains a marked disparity in the number of students from less privileged and Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds, (especially Black Caribbean students) studying at highly selective (or Russell Group) universities and in top professions such as Medicine, especially at the upper echelons.
DreamSmartTutors have worked with a number of students and in doing so have come across various issues:
Through working with a wide range of students we have realised that the question “Do you know what a doctor does?” delivers responses such as “doctors cure people” or “doctors diagnose and treat patients” which do not demonstrate a true understanding of the medical profession. Whilst the responses are true to an extent there is so much more to our job or vocation. There are also important ongoing political issues that are integral to working as a doctor. When selecting a career it is imperative that students make informed decisions. Students from less privileged backgrounds will most certainly lack access to the right people who can help them understand medicine as a career. We are actively changing that.
So, you know you want to become a doctor but how do you actually get there?
Once students have decided that they want to be a doctor there are a number of criteria they have to fulfil in order to be successful in their medical school application process. One of the main issues is difficulty securing work experience in a GP or hospital setting.
Again, there is so much to do when preparing to apply to medical school and often students may not have the right guidance needed to be successful. They may not have the vital contacts to help them secure that coveted place at medical school. Furthermore, some schools have careers advisers and co-ordinators but of course there is a limit to what they will know about the professions students may be interested in.
As a result we have designed three courses to help students successfully apply to medical school and understand more about the medical profession. We also provide professional services which complement our courses.