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GMC consults on medical education standards

By Gareth Iacobucci

The GMC has launched a three-month consultation into the review of its guidance for undergraduate medical education in the UK.

‘Tomorrow's Doctors' lays out standards for knowledge, skills and behaviour that students have to meet in order to graduate from UK medical schools.

Since the guidance was last produced in 2003, key changes to medical education and training have included a new edition of the GMC's Good Medical Practice and the publication of Lord Darzi's Next Stage Review.

The proposed structure of the draft guidance separates the desired outcomes for medical students into three sections. These cover the doctor as a scholar and scientist; as a practitioner; and as a professional.

The guidance - due to be published next summer - also sets out separate standards for the delivery of teaching, learning and assessment.

Professor Michael Farthing, chair of the ‘Tomorrow's Doctors' Review Group, said: ‘The consultation takes into account several important areas for review, such as prescribing and patient exposure, professionalism and leadership, assessment, quality management, student selected components and disability.'

GMC consults on medical education standards

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