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Greater diversity within the medical profession is a goal that benefits us all. The BSMS widening participation programme BrightMed seeks out young, talented people who have the potential to become tomorrow’s doctors but who may not have considered it as a possibility, thus enabling medicine to better reflect the patient population.
BrightMed approaches state schools within Sussex during the spring term of each academic year. Schools will be invited to nominate pupils from their gifted and talented cohorts who have expressed a strong desire to study medicine or who excel at science and wish to explore a potential avenue for their talents. Priority is given to students who most closely fit the selection criteria, most of the successful students have no family background in higher education.
We make these exceptional young people aware of potential careers in medicine, the study that’s involved and what they need to do academically to realise their potential and make the right choices early on.
We help build their confidence and enable them to submit strong applications to medical schools throughout the UK providing advice, hands-on experience and practical exercises to enable students to make informed decisions concerning their future education. It’s an approach that’s already had great success, with 81 out of 141 students who completed the programme going on to apply for medicine and obtaining at least one interview.
The focus of recruitment is on students who have no family background of higher education. BrightMed aims to recruit 50 Year 8 students each year. Successful students will then join the programme at the beginning of the following academic year. BrightMed is a rolling five-year programme which works with students through to the end of year 13.
For further details on BrightMed please email Sam Wickham: S.Wickham@bsms.ac.uk