2 Health Care in Birmingham UHB 1000 beds. State of art facilities. Pioneering developments in trauma surgery. Centre for Defence medicine.Health research bus - new initiative – taking healthcare provision into communities where engagement with health care provision is low.Research is high priority. Cancer research building. We are a CRUK centre for clinical trials for childhood cancers. The BCTU is one of the largest in Europe.
3 Entry requirements for medicine: Selection for interview Major investment in university and city that benefit medicine students.You can see some of this today. FOYER!!!!! The Wolfson Centre is one important part. Also new prosectorium.Next door – new Hospital
4 Medicine at Birmingham Two different degree programmes5-year (after A-levels)Graduate entry (4-year)Biology-related degree first usuallyAble to relax A-level gradesUHB 1000 beds. State of art facilities. Pioneering developments in trauma surgery. Centre for Defence medicine.Health research bus - new initiative – taking healthcare provision into communities where engagement with health care provision is low.Research is high priority. Cancer research building. We are a CRUK centre for clinical trials for childhood cancers. The BCTU is one of the largest in Europe.
5 Getting the numbers right 345 places; 2,250 applicationsNational data: 8,000 places; 20,000 applicationsConversion rate (percentage of applicants who accept an offer) – 50%So, make 750 offersInterview >1,200 (an increase)
6 Means of selection for interview Using UCAS data …….Predictors of success?Best evidence for school-leaving qualificationsAptitude tests - (UKCAT NOT used)Personal statement / referenceSelection primarily based on academic resultsBut, contextual information will be used to select proportion of interview candidates
7 Academic Profile GCSEs: International Baccalaureate – 36 pts Preference for A* in Science, Maths and EnglishRelaxed for applicants who meet contextual thresholdInternational Baccalaureate – 36 ptsBiology and Chemistry at Higher Level
8 Academic Profile – contd. AS-levels: used for selectionFinal result at end of year 12 (not unit marks)Threshold – AAAA (relaxed for candidates identified using contextual data)A2-levels:Three subjects (no advantage with four)Chemistry + Biology + other academic subjectConcern if additional two subjects are insufficiently academic (e.g. Drama and Art)
9 What else? Academic results do not identify best doctors No psychological testing – not useful anyway?But, looking for “well-rounded”, motivated individualsWork experience and extra-curricular activitiesExtent of “involvement” judged using personal statement – acceptable threshold?Assessed formally at interview
10 The interview and getting the right work experience
11 Work experience Direct clinical observation not required Not used to full advantageNegative influence on in-depth research!?Investigate the careerInformation from news reportsEvidence of commitment to a “public servant” roleHealth care experience: Long-term; caring for vulnerable peopleIncl. paid workClinical experiences often come about via family/friends connectionsDisappointing level of insight expressed as a result of these experiences. Clinical observation DOES NOT = sufficient motivationMust have looked into how the career can progress. But, also some of the issues that are of concern to doctors and society. Can find out more about the career by reading news articles and investigating the issues than any other source.Nursing home, children’s playgroup, leader in youth organisation.
12 The interview – New mechanism Multiple Mini-InterviewsInitially, only 4 stations – 5 min at eachAssessed characteristics:Interpersonal communicationMotivation and understanding of medicineEthical reasoningLogical reasoningCompassionFormat: 1-to-1 discussion; Interaction with actor; task to complete