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Letters Five new medical schools

Existing medical schools need support to improve dropout rate

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 02 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1871
  1. Mayur Shah, retired general medical practitioner
  1. Milton Keynes, UK
  1. docmayur{at}

Rather than creating five new medical schools to increase the numbers of medical students,1 it would make more sense for existing medical schools to have support mechanisms to reduce the number of students who drop out at various stages. These are extremely intelligent and highly motivated individuals who go through an extensive selection process before being admitted to medical schools. One would presume that most have thought long and hard about becoming medical students and that the dropout rate should be very low.


  • Competing interests: None declared.


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