A Scoping Review of Differential Attainment in Undergraduate Medicine Bridging the Gap - Thematic series on Tackling Differential Attainment in Medical Profession 2020

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Subodh Dave
Abhishek Gupta
Natasha Rishi
Radhika Gulati
Shreya Verma
Rohit Shankar MBE
Nagina Khan
Indranil Chakravorty


Differential attainment exists in all professions and is a manifestation of systemic factors creating an unequal environment where individual careers and aspirations may be thwarted. Although this inequality which affects some groups of students unfairly, has been recognised over the last 2 decades, it remains a significant issue.

This scoping review explores the causes and contributors in relation to undergraduate medical education. Using thematic analysis, the authors present the case for tackling the disparity in education and training. There are evidence-based solutions for individuals, organisations and at a societal level. The recommendations from this review will be discussed and debated in the series of workshops, as part of the ‘Bridging the Gap’ series from the Alliance for Tackling Inequalities in Health, chaired by the British Association of Physicians of Indian origin. The output of the consensus-building workshops and thematic synthesis with the accompanying qualitative research will be presented in the final report due in 2021.

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Dave, S., Gupta, A., Rishi, N., Gulati, R., Verma, S., Shankar, R., Khan, N., & Chakravorty, I. (2020). A Scoping Review of Differential Attainment in Undergraduate Medicine: Bridging the Gap - Thematic series on Tackling Differential Attainment in Medical Profession 2020. Sushruta Journal of Health Policy & Opinion, 13(3), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.38192/13.3.24
Author Biographies

Subodh Dave, University of Bolton, UK

Professor of Psychiatry

Abhishek Gupta, University of Birmingham, UK

Medical Student

Radhika Gulati, Queen's University, Belfast, N Ireland


Shreya Verma, University of Birmingham, UK

Medical Student

Rohit Shankar MBE, University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK

Consultant Adult Developmental Neuropsychiatrist -CFT Associate Professor (Hon.) UoE Medical School Chair- RCPsych SW

Indranil Chakravorty, St George's University of London, UK

Chair, Bapio Institute for Health Research, Bedford, UK


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