McCall MacBain Gateway to Medicine Program at the University of St Andrews

The Gateway to Medicine Program at the University of St Andrews was established in 2015 with seed funding from the McCall MacBain Foundation. The Program’s aim is to reach bright students in underprivileged neighbourhoods in Fife who have the potential and desire to train in medicine but would otherwise struggle to navigate the entrance requirements if they remained in their local schools. As part of the Gateway to Medicine Program, these promising students attend St Andrews early for a ‘pre-med’ year, which also provides them with accommodation, dedicated academic mentors and peer mentors. So far, the Foundation has supported 14 such students. An additional six students since 2016 have received an accommodation bursary from the Foundation that has enabled them to attend various medicine-related programs at the University of St Andrews while being relieved of some of the financial burdens that come with leaving one’s hometown to undertake university studies.