This project was developed in conjunction with Kings College London, Guys, Kings College and St Thomas’ School of Medical Education to improve access to Medicine to young students that attend local comprehensive schools in the Borough of Southwark. At inception in 2002 the programme offered 25 funded places to encourage students from educationally and socially disadvantaged backgrounds to study Medicine.
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The main purpose of the programme is to provide extra support and encouragement to Inner London State school students from deprived socio-economic backgrounds to seriously consider a career in Medicine. Students are selected for the programme on their potential to learn and their motivation to study Medicine rather than their actual “A” level performance. The course lasts for six years rather than the normal five to allow students to study at a slower pace. The programme has been so successful that it is always oversubscribed each year.
DTT provided financial support to students on the programme in the first few years by awarding Damilola Taylor prizes, providing cash for special Hardship funds and Travel grant to help students cope with the cost of going through Medical School.
To avoid confusion with other initiatives that provide access to university level courses, the programme which is in its 14th year has been renamed Extended Medical Degree Programme (EMDP) and remain a sort after outreach for Medicine programme in the capital.
Our partners King’s College London have confirmed their commitment to continue to offer an annual lecture for sixth-formers to promote the outreach for Medicine programme at which our founder Richard Taylor will be invited to give a welcome address. We will be given a supply of brochures for the EMDP and Outreach for Medicine at the start of each academic year which we can distribute to our network of parents wishing to better support their children in applications to medical school.
Any interested parties can also review the prospectus online by clicking here.