The expansion of medical education provision and widening access to study medicine in England

Mathers, Jonathan Mark (2011). The expansion of medical education provision and widening access to study medicine in England. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.


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This PhD submission focuses on issues arising from the recent expansion of medical education in England, including widening access to medicine. It presents 11 papers published over the last 9 years which are the product of academic collaborations with colleagues and students at the University of Birmingham. The work includes outputs from local and national evaluations that have examined the expansion policy, process, and outcomes. Three research themes are identified from this body of papers; the first around predicted and observed impacts of expansion policy at local and national levels; the second concentrating on students’ and clinical teachers’ experiences of education amidst expanding provision; and finally issues relevant to widening access to medicine policy.

The findings complement and add to existing knowledge in these research areas and give the basis to draw overarching conclusions about the significance of recent policy shifts for policy makers, medical schools, educators and students. In turn this work allows us to identify the need for further lines of enquiry and argues for a broad approach and conceptualisation for medical education research that is able to track macro policy changes, through meso level organisational and institutional influences, to micro level experience of educational policy and delivery.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: School of Health and Population Sciences, Primary Care Clinical Sciences
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine


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