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Why do medical students choose St Mary's Hospital Medical School?

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 21 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1646
  1. J H Baron, retired consultant physician and subdeana
  1. a London W9 1DP

    For many years St Mary's Hospital Medical School in London has had the highest number of applicants per place in Britain. For entry in October 1996 there were 2700 applicants for 100 places. St Mary's has published extensive data of its audit of admission1 2 3 and in 1990 inquired which of 22 factors influenced the 5872 applicants to the 28 British medical schools to make their five choices on the form from the Universities' Central Council on Admissions (UCCA).4 St Mary's was rated high on friendliness, but is this a continuing perception?

    Subjects, methods, and results

    From 1971 until my retirement in 1996 I asked 344 men and 301 women who had chosen St Mary's one question “Why St Mary's?” at interview for entry and when students began on my firm …

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