Two new medical schools which offer enhanced exposure to general practice have been awarded full approval from the GMC.
Anglia Ruskin University’s School of Medicine, in Chelmsford, and Aston Medical School, part of Aston University in Birmingham, will be able to award medical degrees to graduating students for the first time this year.
Both institutions had had to show ‘a focus on the prioritised specialties of general practice, psychiatry and any other shortage specialties’ in order to receive funding to launch new medical school places in 2018.
Both Anglia Ruskin and Aston Medical School are now hoping their graduating cohort will be a valuable contribution to the understaffed GP workforce and reflect a diverse range of students including those from disadvantaged communities.
Dr Sanjiv Ahluwalia, head of the school of medicine at Anglia Ruskin University, said: ‘One of our main aims is to ensure there are opportunities for people from all backgrounds to study medicine, and we are proud to have a diverse student body that will serve the profession with distinction in the future.’
Professor Helen Cameron, dean of medical education at Aston Medical School, added: ‘This is a really exciting moment for Aston Medical School, and we are delighted for our students, especially our pioneer cohort who will graduate in July with an Aston University medical degree and contribute to the UK’s healthcare workforce.’
Professor Colin Melville, the GMC’s medical director and director of education and standards, said both medical schools had worked hard, over a number of years, to meet the GMC quality assurance standards.
The GMC oversees both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and training in the UK.