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What are your thoughts on these changes?
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Grade inflation! Wahoo!
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What are your thoughts on these changes?
Even more medicine applicants for 2022/23 entry :lol:

(21% more medicine applicants for 2021/22 compared to 2020/21 entry)
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Even more medicine applicants for 2022/23 entry :lol:
Don't they realise we have enough doctors? Go and do something original please x
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Don't they realise we have enough doctors? Go and do something original please x
More medical applicants =/= more doctors, sadly... just more rejections.

There are physical limits as to how many people we can train (e.g. number of clinical tutors, number of hospitals, GP surgeries etc.) and of course we can't have more graduating final year med students than FY1 doctor posts!

The Med Schools Council has already stated that they think there "may" be higher failure rates for the next few years due to the CAG U-turn. This could get worse...

I suppose that with advanced warning (i.e. now), the med schools will over-offer much less than previously?
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As a mature student self-learning A levels to hopefully apply for medicine, I'm upset and annoyed (however unreasonable that is). I understand policy has to be made with sixth form students in mind because they outnumber me by orders of magnitude, but it feels like this is cheapening my grades. I've been working so, so hard for this on top of working, and I've been hitting A*s. I have previous failures from when I did them first time round years ago (that the universities I'm applying to have previously said they don't mind) and it'll be way more competitive so it's far more likely they'll hold me back now. It feels like I'm being punished tbh. I'm just hoping to rely on my work history and smash the UCAT, and hopefully having done them in one year rather than two means something.

I also can't afford, and don't have the time, to do any bells and whistles like EPQs or a fourth A level.
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More medical applicants =/= more doctors, sadly... just more rejections.

There are physical limits as to how many people we can train (e.g. number of clinical tutors, number of hospitals, GP surgeries etc.) and of course we can't have more graduating final year med students than FY1 doctor posts!

The Med Schools Council has already stated that they think there "may" be higher failure rates for the next few years due to the CAG U-turn. This could get worse...

I suppose that with advanced warning (i.e. now), the med schools will over-offer much less than previously?
Yeah, I suppose so. I imagine it will be at the detriment of students from lower-income areas.
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Yeah, I suppose so. I imagine it will be at the detriment of students from lower-income areas.
Hopefully not.

We continue to maintain Medicine with a Foundation Year courses and still prioritise widening participation students through these unprecedented times.
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