How should medical students be trained?
Tomorrow's Doctors, guidelines for training UK medical students, are being revised, explains Laura James
Creating the model 21st century doctor is now a topic for discussion in the United Kingdom. Not just among the medical profession but for patients, the public, and, of course, medical students. Tomorrow's Doctors is the publication that gives guidelines to all UK medical schools for what and how students should be taught medicine. This includes knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours. It is being updated because of advances in medical education and training in the past five years and is due to be published in March after months of debate.
The existing guidelines were published in 2003, which was the first update since the first publication in 1993. The General Medical Council has not waited another decade to create a new draft because of advances such as the opening of four new medical schools; the foundation programme for newly qualified doctors; and the new edition of Good Medical Practice, the