GMC clarifies UK medical school guidance
Schools asked professional standards regulator for extra help
- By: Harriet Vickers
The General Medical Council (GMC) has published two documents aiming to smooth the transition from medical student to junior doctor. These supplements should help medical schools improve the way they assess students and get them practical clinical experience.
The GMC wrote the documents after some medical schools asked for help meeting the standards set out for them in Tomorrow’s Doctors.
In Clinical Placements for Medical Students, the GMC recommends schools properly differentiate between types of placements (box) to ensure students get the most out of them.
They should also be aware of cultural or religious conflicts a student might have, and make reasonable adjustments for disabled students.
When planning placements for their students, schools should make sure that timing, tasks, preparation, and supervision are all appropriate for the type of placement.
Specifically the GMC wants students to be prepared for the increased responsibilities of assistantships, which should include managing acute