The General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Schools Council (MSC) have released guidance for medical students concerning professional behaviour and “fitness to practise”. This broad-ranging guidance is based on the GMC’s core “Good medical practice” code of ethics for doctors, with practical advice for medical students during their studies, placements and activities outside of medical school.
The “Achieving Good Medical Practice: Guidance For Medical Students” guide is organised into domains:
- Domain 1: Knowledge, Skills and Performance.
- Domain 2: Safety and Quality.
- Domain 3: Communication Partnership and Teamwork.
- Domain 4: Maintaining trust.
In the wake of the junior doctor’s dispute, there is guidance on the use of social media and not being derogatory to others.
Achieving good medical practice: guidance for medical students. London: General Medical Council (GMC), May 10th 2016.
Professional behaviour and fitness to practise: guidance for medical schools and their students. London: General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Schools Council (MSC), May 10th 2016.
Supporting Students With Mental Health Conditions and Disabilities
Two further documents, “Supporting Medical Students With Mental Health Conditions” and “Gateways to the Professions”, offer guidance on how medical schools are required to support students with mental health conditions and disabilities.
Supporting medical students with mental health conditions. London: General Medical Council (GMC) and Medical Schools Council (MSC), March 4th 2016.
Gateways to the professions. Advising medical schools: encouraging disabled students. London: General Medical Council (GMC), July 29th 2015.
Health Education England (HEE) and the British Medical Association (BMA) have released joint guidance on whistleblowing protection for doctors in training.
Whistleblowing and Health Education England: Guidance. London: Health Education England (HEE), September 2016.