Are you fit to practise?
Medical knowledge and skills do not, intrinsically, make you fit to practise medicine; health and conduct also play a part. Madeleine Locke explains why you should be aware of fitness to practise proceedings
- By: Madeleine Locke
As part of my elective, I spent three weeks at the Medical Protection Society in Leeds. I found it very useful, and was fortunate enough to be able to attend coroners' inquests, and sit in on meetings about various medicolegal matters. While I was at the Medical Protection Society, I was keen to find out what involvement they had with medical students.
Fitness to practise proceedings reflect the reality that knowledge alone does not make a good doctor. Medicine is a stressful career but also unique in that patients trust you with their health. There must be a system in place to identify individuals as early as possible who for health or conduct reasons cannot be allowed to practise medicine, and that's what fitness to practise is all about.
Most medical schools have fitness to practise proceedings (in addition to general university disciplinary proceedings) to investigate a student's health or