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Widening access? Characteristics of applicants to medical and dental schools, compared with UCAS.

Authors
  • Gallagher, J E
  • Niven, V
  • Donaldson, N
  • Wilson, N H F
Type
Published Article
Journal
British dental journal
Publication Date
Nov 14, 2009
Volume
207
Issue
9
Pages
433–445
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2009.963
PMID: 19910982
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Focused and successful applicants for preclinical medicine and dentistry are more likely to be from higher social classes and a minority ethnic background than applicants to higher education in general. Dentistry attracts twice the level of Asian applicants as medicine and four times that of universities in general. Controlling for other factors, there is evidence that gender, ethnicity, maturity, and school type are associated with probability of acceptance for medicine and dentistry. Higher social status is particularly associated with acceptance for medicine. The implications of these findings are discussed in terms of widening access and social justice.

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