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Korean J Med Educ > Volume 22(1); 2010 > Article
Korean Journal of Medical Education 2010;22(1): 1-5. doi: https://doi.org/10.3946/kjme.2010.22.1.1
The Introduction and Development of Graduate Entry Programmes in the United Kingdom
Ji Young Kim, John Rees
Division of Medical Education, King's College London School of Medicine, London, United Kingdom. jy.kim@kcl.ac.uk
In the United Kingdom, 4-year graduate-only medical education programmes (Graduate Entry Programme, GEP) started in 2000, and are running in 16 medical schools with over 800 students annually. This study presents the grounds for introduction of the GEP, and explores its benefits in increasing the medical workforce and widening participation in medical education. An increase in medical student numbers was proposed to cope with the pressing shortage of British doctors and the growing demand for doctors, and the GEP was introduced as a flexible and cost-effective way to meet this demand. It has contributed to increasing the diversity of students in medical schools and widening access to students from more varied social and educational backgrounds. In the United Kingdom, the GEP was established as a supplementary means of providing medical education, and it is unlikely to totally replace traditional 5- or 6-year programmes.
Keywords: Medical schools;Medical students;School admission criteria
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