Vol. 13 No. 3 (2020): Colour & Colonialism - Facing the Shadows of the Past

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

Subodh Dave
University of Bolton, UK
Abhishek Gupta
University of Birmingham, UK
Natasha Rishi
South London & Maudsley NHS Trust, London, UK
Radhika Gulati
Queen's University, Belfast, N Ireland
Shreya Verma
University of Birmingham, UK
Rohit Shankar MBE
University of Exeter Medical School, Exeter, UK
Nagina Khan
University of Tauro, Nevada, USA
Indranil Chakravorty
St George's University of London, UK
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Published 2020-11-01


  • undergraduate medical education,
  • Differential Attainment,
  • Bridging the Gap

How to Cite

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


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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