Views & Reviews Outside the Box

Selecting the next generation

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 10 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2963
  1. Trisha Greenhalgh, professor of primary health care, University College London
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    The Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) results are out; medical school applications are in and mostly processed; the interview season is well under way. I am bug eyed from reading personal statements, all of which seem to begin with “From an early age I have been fascinated by the workings of the human body.”

    I have shaken hands with more outstandingly gifted youngsters than I have ever met outside the medical school application process. I have read how characters were honed in tropical jungles or by scaling Himalayan …

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