The case for student GMC registration
Wai-Ching Leung considers the advantages
In professions such as dentistry1 and law, students must satisfy the relevant professional organisation that they are of good character and health to be registered as a qualified professional. By contrast, medical students are automatically entitled by law to registration with the General Medical Council on graduation.2 Traditionally, the role of the university is mainly to assess students' academic and clinical ability, although the university should also ensure that students acquire the appropriate professional attitude during the course.3 Difficulties arise if a medical student performs well both academically and clinically in the course but is known to have conduct or health problems sufficiently serious to call into question his or her fitness to practise. The public is not adequately protected by this system, as there are no mechanisms to prevent such students from being registered as doctors or to monitor any remedial actions that are taken.
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