SURGE IN THE NUMBER OF STUDENTS STUDYING MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY ABROAD
Due to a multitude of reasons, it has emerged as a recent trend for UK students to reroute and flock abroad to study Medicine/Dentistry at well renowned European universities. The most common one perhaps being the lower levels of competition and thus simultaneously, the lower grade requirements when compared to the constantly soaring and sometimes seemingly impossible to obtain grade requirements held by UK universities.
In fact, current statistics show that there are ten university applications to study Medicine per place; indicating, that in some cases, around 90% of applicants will be unsuccessful. Of course, a typical batch of applicants will always have the occasional few that are far from meeting any criteria or requirement. So after having negated this minority, what happens to the recently becoming grey area, known as the interview selection process? Candidates are viewed and screened on paper, scrutinised, debated over and finally selected for interview; but is a mere piece of paper citing an individuals’ credentials enough to justify the rejection or selection of a person? When almost everyone boasts the same academic qualifications, it is inevitable that well deserving applicants will fall through the system and be unsuccessful in securing an interview, let alone a place. The bitter truth is that the selection process for UK Medical and Dental universities is a very rigid and regimented process and although it is extremely successful in selecting fitting and well deserving applicants, it is a double edged sword; disappointing thousands of students who did not quite make the cut.
The increasing competition in the UK may very well be the reason there has been a surge in the number of students pursuing their Medical or Dental studies abroad at many well recognised institutions in Europe. With universities offering Medicine/Dentistry courses that are GMC and GDC approved and taught in English, it was just a matter of time before students realised the opportunities open to them and pursued them. Slowly, UK students are trickling in to towns and cities in European countries, with the purpose of obtaining the Medical/Dental degree they wished for. From the students slowly emerging at the other end of this process, having qualified and returned to work in the UK, it can almost certainly be extrapolated that the abroad route will continue to grow in popularity and accessibility; providing evermore students the confidence to pursue their aspirations in a foreign country.
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