A visit to number 10: King’s students address ethnicity in medicine
There is a concern that students in medical school do not reflect the sociodemographic diversity of the world. Medical schools are working to redress the balance.
The Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) at King’s has been designed to widen participation in medicine. It provides a six-year course that spreads the first year of the medical degree over two years. Of the EMDP students, 90 per cent are from a black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) background, compared to around 50 per cent on the standard programme.
Elohor Ijete, a final-year medical student at King’s, recently attended one of the Morningside Supper Series events for EMDP students. These supper clubs, enabled by the generosity of Gerald Chan, bring EMDP students together with the greatest thinkers in science and medicine to discuss and exchange ideas. At one of these suppers, Elohor met Mr Nero Ughwujabo, the Special Adviser on Social Justice, Young People and Opportunities. This chance meeting led to Elohor leading a group of medical students from King’s and St George’s University to 10 Downing Street for a roundtable discussion on this topic. Elohor said: ‘We are looking forward to exploring other sources of support and advice from the university in order to increase the number of BAME medical students at King’s and other medical schools in the UK.’