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A journey to medicine: New resources for teachers and careers advisers


The Medical Schools Council has published a series of booklets for teachers and careers advisers who are supporting their students in the application to medicine. 

The series is called A journey to medicine. It starts with the considerations to make before application, including work experience and course types. From there it goes through the processes of the application itself and how to understand entry requirements. Finally it offers advice for the interview and on what to do when results are received, whether it is good news or otherwise or time to think of alternatives. 

The five booklets in 'A journey to medicine' are: 

This is practical and accurate information designed especially for teachers and careers advisers. It has been produced with the heads of admissions from Medical Schools Council members, which includes every publicly funded medical school in the UK. This makes it the only guide which is endorsed by those who are responsible for selection to the medical degree. 

The series is particularly aimed at those schools and colleges which have limited experience of supporting students in their application to medicine. It stems from the Medical Schools Council’s commitment to widening participation and the work undertaken by the Medical Schools Council Selection Alliance. 

Professor Jenny Higham, Chair of the Medical Schools Council, said: 

‘Our medical schools across the UK are working hard to widen access to medicine and are excited by this responsibility. Medicine is a varied and rewarding profession, which is open to all who have the skills and ability. 

‘These resources endorsed by our 33 undergraduate medical schools are designed to help teachers and advisers support students from under-represented backgrounds and help prepare them to apply to study medicine. This is the definitive source of advice. I know you are all busy, but we do encourage you to read and use them. Good luck and thank you!’ 

The resources can be found here: Resources for teachers


Notes to editors

  1. The Medical Schools Council represents the interests and ambitions of UK medical schools as they relate to the generation of national health, wealth and knowledge through biomedical research and the profession of medicine. For further information about the work of the Medical Schools Council please see
  2. For more information about this press release please contact Edward Knight, Senior Communications Officer, on 020 7419 5427 or
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