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State students top of class at medical school

State school students are likely to outperform privately educated students in medical school and are twice as likely to graduate at the top of the class, a study shows.

State school students are likely to outperform privately educated students in medical school and are twice as likely to graduate at the top of the class, a study shows.

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State students are likely to perform better at medical school. Picture: iStock

State school students are likely to outperform privately educated students in medical school, a study shows.

Researchers from the University of Aberdeen found state school medical students are nearly twice as likely to graduate in the top 10% of their class as students from independent schools.

The retrospective study, published in BMJ Open, analysed data on students who graduated from 33 UK medical schools in 2012 and 2013. About 80% of applications to medical schools are from independent and selective schools.

Measure of success

Researchers used the Educational Performance Measure score of each student on completing medical school as an overall measure of success.

The study showed no significant difference between the students in terms of UCAS points, but independent school students scored higher in their pre-admission.

However, over the course of medical school, students from state schools were likely to perform better.


Kumwenda B et al (2017) The relationship between school type and academic performance at medical school: a national, multi-cohort study. BMJ Open. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016291

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