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Show respect for patients

  1. 63. Doctors must not use their professional position to pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with patients or those close to them.
  2. 64. When something goes wrong with a patient’s treatment, doctors must be open and honest with patients and carers.
  3. 65. As a medical student your studies will bring you into contact with patients and members of the public, who can be physically and emotionally vulnerable. Because of this, and the fact that you’ll be joining a trusted profession, you must not use your position to pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with them. This includes situations where a patient or someone close to them tries to initiate a relationship with you.
  4. 66. Treating patients with respect includes not expressing your personal beliefs to patients in ways that exploit their vulnerability or would cause them distress.
  5. 67. As a medical student, you won’t be directly responsible for patient care because this responsibility will lie with your supervisor. But if you think any aspect of care that you are involved in has gone wrong, you should tell your supervisor as soon as possible. Your supervisor will support you, and if necessary will help you to put things right, which may include explaining to the patient what has happened and offering an apology.