THE FUTURE OF THE PREMEDICAL YEAR by mirit35

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									THE FUTURE OF THE MBChB PREMEDICAL YEAR – Paper 0708/CUGSC/04

BACKGROUND
    The A104 MB ChB 6 year programme has an honourable history. In the 1950’s and 1960‘s
      a significant proportion of entrants to the MB ChB programme (mainly domiciled in
      Scotland) were considered to have undertaken insufficient school science study and
      therefore (along with both dental and veterinary students) undertook a preliminary year
      of study in the then Faculty of Science in chemistry, physics and biology.
    Over the last 2 decades the A104 MB ChB Programme offered a preliminary science
      grounding for (a) those with the ‘right grades but wrong subjects’ (eg no Higher or A
      level chemistry or biology) and (b) for those making a transition from non UK educational
      backgrounds mainly taught in languages other than English.
    Edinburgh is now only one of 8 UK Medical Schools offering a Premedical Year.
    There have been concerns about the suitability of the component courses offered in the
      College of Science & Engineering.
    There have been concerns about legitimacy of offering the A104 programme to those
      from other EU countries and difficulties in interpreting eligibility for it.

RECENT HISTORY
    As part of its response (a) to the UK political imperative to widen access to medicine and
     (b) to the Calman Review of Medical Education in Scotland 2004 the College of Medicine
     & Veterinary Medicine proposed that the Premedical Year be ‘re-badged’ as a Foundation
     Year for those from WP backgrounds with the ‘right subjects but wrong grades’ provided
     additional SFC places were awarded to support this change.

RECENT DATA

             98/99   99/00    00/01    01/02    02/03    03/04   04/05    05/06    06/07
applicants    266     159      172      178      155      260     288      308      307
offers         7       7        11       9        7        10      6        2        3
entrants       3       3        4        5        7        3       2        1        1

      Despite clarity of requirements in the Prospectus a considerable number of applications
       for the A104 programme are from those with weak academic records (eg ‘right subjects
       but wrong grades’).

DISCUSSION
    The last few years have seen the development of multiple alternative routes to the
     acquisition of ‘preliminary science’.
    The existence of the Premedical Year places an additional burden both on the MBChB
     Admissions Office and Selectors in excess of the benefit derived.
    The Premedical Year offers no financial benefit to CMVM.
    The introduction of Year 2 entry for BSc Medical Science graduates in 2009 would
     create a 4 th entry point to the MBChB programme.

PROPOSAL
    That the A104 MBChB programme be withdrawn for entry September 2009

DMT October 2007

								
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