Getting Involved In Research – UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study

@BecomingaDr are delighted to be supporting and sharing the UKMAC study to our network. Please see the below information from University College London: 

UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study

What is the UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study (UKMACS)?

The UK’s doctors of the future are being invited to explain their motivations for wanting to work in the health service, as part of a UCL-led study aimed at providing a happier, more diverse and more robust NHS. This national academic research study is a long-term longitudinal study, which aims to help applicants increase their chances of getting a place at the best medical school for them, thereby ensuring medical schools choose the best people to be doctors. The invitation is to complete two questionnaires (one now, one in October) about applying to medical school. The study findings will be used to help future students apply to medical school, and ultimately to ensure the NHS benefits from having the best doctors.

Did you know?

Of the 20,000 annual applications to medical schools, only around half will be successful, however medical courses vary in both content and entry criteria – meaning some unsuccessful students may have fared better had they applied elsewhere. The UKMACS’ findings will be used to help future students apply to the right medical school for them and ultimately to ensure the NHS benefits from having the best doctors. The longitudinal study will continue to interact with participants over the next five years, helping assess how well their studies and career is progressing, along with any professional challenges, motivational changes and/or approach to life.

We’re aiming to reach 10,000 applicants by October, hence anything you can do to promote the survey across your networks would be an enormous help. 

This is study applies to all universities UK wide – and can be completed by any candidate applying to any UK medical school.

UKMACS is an academic research study about applying to medical school. We aim to ensure the NHS benefits from having the best doctors by helping students from all backgrounds apply to medical school. In the long term UKMACS aims to help find solutions to problems facing the UK medical workforce. Learn more here:

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Elliot is a St George’s graduate currently working as an F1 Doctor in East London. As the first in his family to apply to university, Elliot is well aware of the barriers that can be faced in trying to get to medical school. He is passionate about widening access to medicine for underrepresented groups.
 He was the representative for St George’s on the BMA Medical Students Committee, and has done lots of work with local schools and colleges to raise awareness of medicine as a career, as well as working on admissions policies with the widening participation team St George’s. Elliot is part of the @BecomingaDr outreach team and National Health Careers Conference Team.