Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Widening participation: say no to nepotism

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 03 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6130
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary healthcare, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  1. p.greenhalgh{at}

I’ve just lost a friend. I bumped into him recently, having not seen him for years. Actually, he said, he needed a favour. He had a teenage son who was keen to apply for medicine. The boy had already spent time with doctors from various specialties who were friends of the family. It wasn’t that he really needed more work experience, but his medical school application would look better for it. Could I help?

I explained that I was a …

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