Equipping G2M Students for Transition into MBChB Degree
Dr Pietro Marini, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition
The G2M programme recruits students to a one-year Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies which, if completed successfully, gives entry to the MBChB programme at the UoA. The entry requirements are constructed to draw applicants from a wider range of backgrounds than is traditional in medical students. Three themes were identified as barriers preventing students from applying to medicine: weak schooling leading to underachievement in science; community/school cultures where aspiring to medicine was unusual; apprehension about challenges of a medical degree. The main issues were represented by how to instil enough self-confidence and how to fill knowledge gaps these students may have.