The Medical Schools Council (MSC) is the representative body for UK medical schools. The MSC Selection Alliance (MSCSA) is reponsible for the MSC’s work on selection methods (how medical schools choose which applicants to admit to medical school), widening participation (increasing the proportion of medical students from under-represented groups), and providing better information for applicants. In 2020 UKMACS and MSCSA will develop a tool to provide better information for medical applicants from diverse social backgrounds.
UKMED is a collaboration between MSC and the General Medical Council (GMC, the UK medical regulator). UKMED is a database containing anonymised information about medical students’ and doctors’ progression throughout UK medical education and training. It is primarily a research resource. See ‘The UK medical education database (UKMED) what is it? Why and how might you use it?” (Dowell et al 2018). The UKMACS questionnaire will be linked into UKMED to enable academic researchers to find out how to ensure the NHS benefits from the best doctors.
UCAS operates the application process for British universities. A UCAS representative sits on the UKMACS steering group.
The University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT) is an admissions test used by a consortium of UK Universities for their medical and dental degree programmes. UCAT are helping the UKMACS questionnaire reach as many medical school applicants as possible in 2019. A UCAT representative sits on the UKMACS steering group.
BMAT is an admissions test used by several UK medical schools. BMAT are hosting a link to the UKMACS questionnaire on their website. A BMAT representative sits on the UKMACS steering group.
GAMSAT is an admissions test used by many UK medical schools for admission onto graduate entry medical degree programmes (for applicants who already have a university degree). GAMSAT are hosting a link to the UKMACS questionnaire on their website. A GAMSAT representative sits on the UKMACS steering group.