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Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN): careers information resources

The AGCAS Medical Careers Advisers Network (MCAN), which is aimed at careers professionals who work with medical students and doctors in training, have collated a set of resources that they have found useful in their practice.


The Royal College of Physicians have recently produced a Research Engagement Toolkit for medics interested in an academic career in medicine. It is useful for careers advisers in both an undergraduate and postgraduate setting.

The BMJ have produced the Medical School Selector, a web-based tool aimed at pre-university students. The aim is to match student grades to medical school entry criteria. Regularly updated, the selector allows students to view and compare medical schools whose entry requirements match their grades.


BMA 2014 UK Medical Workforce Briefing (May 2015)

This briefing note includes a summary of the 2014 medical workforce with a focus on workforce participation rates. It also includes ten-year trends in the overall UK medical workforce, ten-year trends in the general practice workforce, and breakdowns of the 2014 workforce by country in the UK, gender, country of qualification and age. Download the Medical Workforce Briefing

BMA cohort study of 2006 medical graduates, Ninth report (June 2015)

The BMA cohort study of 2006 medical graduates is a ten-year longitudinal study of the career paths of 431 doctors. This is the ninth annual cohort report and it provides information on the work and experiences of cohort doctors who, eight years post-graduation, are mostly progressing through specialty training or are working as qualified GPs. This report also provides insights into career choice and working environments.

National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) Medical Careers and Guidance Survey 2014

In 2001, NICEC conducted a survey for the Department of Health that identified the need for improved career support for medical students and doctors in training. Over half (55%) the survey respondents in 2001 reported that they were dissatisfied with the quality of the career advice and guidance they had received and it was apparent that provision at this time was both fragmented and poorly resourced. Since then a range of initiatives have been put in place to improve the career support and major changes have taken place in how doctors are trained. NICEC has now conducted a new survey to find out what impact the changes have had. This short report presents some preliminary findings from the survey that was conducted between June and October 2014, along with some comparisons with findings from the 2001 survey.  Download the report 

Selecting for Excellence Final Report

The Selecting for Excellence project began in March 2013 and was initiated in response to two main issues: firstly, concerns raised by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission that medicine was not doing enough to increase the numbers of people studying medicine who are from a lower socio-economic background; and secondly, a GMC-commissioned research study which had found that medical schools used a variety of different methods to select students and that there was insufficient evidence to explain this variance. The report sets out the main findings and recommendations of the project in respect to these and other issues. Download the report

UKFPO F2 Destinations report 2014

The most recent survey of medics completing the Foundation Programme and showing applications to specialty training. Download the report 

News articles

Why are trainees not choosing general practice?: Published by BMJ Careers on the 12 May 2015, this article shows the results of a survey of over 400 trainees about why they chose their respective specialties and pulls out common themes between GP and physician trainees.

CVs and Application Portfolios for Medics 

This set of resources, collated by MCAN and available to AGCAS members who are signed into the website, has been provided by a range of higher education institutions to give tips and guidance on writing medical CVs and applications. 

Graduate medical careers blog

MCAN produces a bi-monthly graduate medical careers blog on a range of medical-related topics. The postings are relevant to careers professionals working with undergraduate medical students and doctors in training. 

Author(s): Various

Production date: 2015

Communities: Health and Medical Professions, Diversity, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Careers practitioners

Format: Web

Tags: medical school specialty training MCAN medical medical education junior doctors doctor foundation programme Royal College of Physicians GP

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