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State educated children do better at medical school

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 11 September 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j4239
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

Medical students from state funded schools do better when attending medical school than their counterparts from independent schools, research published in BMJ Open has shown.1

UK researchers found that, while students from independent schools tended to enter medical training scoring slightly higher in entry tests, students from state schools were around twice as likely to graduate in the top 10% of their class.

Evidence suggests that the make up of medical students has become increasingly diverse in terms of gender, ethnicity, and age, but that progress has not been replicated by a …

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