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Undergraduate standards and guidance

Our role in undergraduate medical education

We regulate all stages of doctors' training and professional development in the UK.

While we do not regulate medical schools directly, we do regulate the standards that medical students must reach so that they can become doctors and the way in which schools should teach and assess them.

We also ensure that medical education and training reflects the needs of patients, medical students and trainees, and the health service as a whole.

We do this by writing guidance and setting standards.

We also do this in consultation with other health sector organisations, medical schools, students, doctors, patients and anyone else with an interest in medical education. 

Undergraduate standards and guidance

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Promoting excellence: standards for medical education and training

Standards for medical education and training in the UK.

Outcomes for graduates

The knowledge, skills and behaviours that new UK medical graduates must have.

Achieving good medical practice: guidance for medical students

Professional behaviour and fitness to practise: guidance for medical schools and their students

Medical students: professionalism and fitness to practise

These two guidance documents set out the professional values medical students should meet and give advice to medical schools on how to deal with concerns about students’ fitness to practise.

Supporting medical students with mental health conditions

Advice to medical schools; includes suggestions on involving occupational health services, fitness to practise issues and myth busters.

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Gateways to the professions

Gives practical suggestions to medical schools to make their courses more accessible to students with disabilities.

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Guidance on UK medical education delivered outside the UK (pdf)

Outlines our expectations of medical schools that are considering setting up UK medical degree courses overseas.