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Cohort Profile: Institutional choice among medical applicants: a profile paper for The United Kingdom Medical Applicant Cohort Study (UKMACS) prospective longitudinal cohort study

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Abstract

Purpose:
To generate a large cohort of those in 2019 seriously considering applying to study Medicine, collecting data on a range of socio-economic and other demographic factors that influence choice of medical schools and to link to other datasets to form a longitudinal study of progress through medical school and careers in medicine.

Design:
Cross-sectional questionnaire studies, part of the longitudinal UK Medical Applicant Cohort Study
(UKMACS).

Setting:
UK medical school admissions in 2020.

Participants:
UK residents aged 16+ and seriously considering applying to study Medicine. The cohort was primarily drawn from those registering in 2019 for the U(K)CAT with additional potential applicants responding to an open call. Participants consented to their data being linked within the UK Medical Education Database (UKMED).

Findings to date:
UKMACS Wave 1 questionnaire respondents consisted of 6391 consenting respondents from across the United Kingdom. In 2019, 14,980 of the 17,470 UK-domiciled medicine applicants were first-time applicants. The questionnaires show that many of these applicants have a need for more help and guidance to make informed choices, with less advantaged groups reporting themselves as being at a disadvantage when applying due to limited understanding of information and limited access to guidance to enable informed and effective decision-making,

Future Plans:
To link the cohort with successive UCAS and other datasets to analyse outcomes of applications and establish national longitudinal evidence to understand how medical choices are made and how they impact on educational, career and workforce outcomes.

Acceptance Date Aug 5, 2022
Publication Date Sep 27, 2022
Journal BMJ Open
Publisher BMJ Publishing Group
DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2021-060135
Publisher URL https://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/12/9/e060135

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