Most medical, dental students are from higher-income families

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About a third of both medicine and dentistry students come from families with a monthly household income below the median, which was $9,293 last year.
About a third of both medicine and dentistry students come from families with a monthly household income below the median, which was $9,293 last year.ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Two-thirds of the undergraduates reading medicine and dentistry at Singapore's local universities come from households earning more than $9,000 a month, while the rest of their peers are from families earning below that level.

The data given by the Ministry of Education (MOE) largely mirrors trends in Britain and the United States, where students from higher socio-economic groups dominate medical schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2019, with the headline 'Most medical, dental students are from higher-income families'. Subscribe