Thursday, February 02, 2012

I think I'm getting the wrong message from this article

This nice-looking young man is complaining that the new tuition fees (£9000 a year, no matter what you're studying) are likely to be a bar to "working class" applicants to medical school. He says that doctors in Britain are usually chosen from the upper classes and has a go at the "posh" accent.

The other thing he seems to be complaining about are the high standards, and requirement to be a well-rounded person...
I’m no sociologist but the lack of working class kids becoming doctors is fairly understandable when you consider the huge number of hoops that have to be jumped through in order to successfully gain entry to medical school. Not only do you need to get top A-level results but you need to be able to pad out you application with tales of work experience, charity do-gooding, sporting prowess and musical genius. You then have to be adequately well spoken to impress during the medical school interview.

Oh No!

"Adequately well spoken..." Shocking!

I don't know about you mate, but as an oncology patient who was forced to put her life in the hands of other people, I'm pretty happy that doctors are required to have "top A-levels" and are skimmed lightly off the top of the cream of society.

But maybe I'm just an eeeviiiil elitist.

And forgive me but, if you're writing an op-ed for a major national newspaper complaining about the high standards of education required for medical students, do try to learn the difference between a plural and a contraction. Really, if you can learn the secrets of microbiology, the secrets of the apostrophe shouldn't be a big challenge.

Nor spell-check neither.


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