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Annex: Professionalism and fitness to practise processes in medical schools and universities

  1. 1. This annex sets out basic information on fitness to practise processes in medical schools and universities. You can find more information in our guidance, Professional behaviour and fitness to practise: guidance for medical schools and their students.
  2. 2. Medical schools have a duty to graduate with a primary medical qualification only those students who are fit to practise medicine. This requirement is set by the GMC, which is responsible for the quality assurance of all medical education and training in the UK. Because of this requirement, your medical school will have ways to monitor students’ behaviour and have a fitness to practise or professionalism process to deal with students who display unprofessional behaviour.
  3. 3. We provide high-level guidance to medical schools on running these processes, but the processes themselves do vary between medical schools. This is because each medical school is unique in its size and structure and because of other factors, such as its relationship to its parent university. However, we have set out a broad framework for schools to follow.

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