Medical students consider abandoning degree because of financial pressures, survey findsBMJ 2018; 363 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4990 (Published 26 November 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4990
- Laura Nunez-Mulder
- The BMJ
Four in 10 UK medical students say that they or someone they know has considered quitting medical school because of financial pressures, according to a survey by the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.1
The survey of a representative sample of 100 students found that almost two thirds (60%) had experienced financial pressure. In a follow up survey of 525 students online, two thirds (65%) of those who had experienced financial pressure said that this had affected their mental health and wellbeing.
The fund is a UK charity that provides financial support and advice to doctors and medical students. Student applications to the charity have doubled in the past two years. In …