Widening Access: Achieving Equity in Medical Education

Jennifer Cleland, Kirsty Alexander, Sandra Nicholson

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

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The issues in terms of widening access (WA) are very different in medicine compared to other healthcare professions. We focus on the challenge of increasing diversity into medicine in the UK context, but use examples to maximize the relevance and transferability of our messages internationally.

By the end of this chapter, you should have a better understanding of and be able to explore further the complexity of WA to medicine, including:
- the synergies and tensions between WA and maintaining quality;
- the gap between political directives and policy enactment within medical education;
- and how those from non-traditional or under-represented minority (URM) backgrounds may experience medical school.

We highlight areas for further research, and conclude by reflecting on ways forward for research, policy and practice internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelection and Recruitment in the Healthcare Professions
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Theory and Practice
EditorsFiona Patterson, Lara Zibarras
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-94971-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-94970-3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2018


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