Our guidance explains how to meet and maintain our standards and outcomes, and looks at certain areas in more detail.
For medical students, doctors in training and doctors engaging in revalidation. This set of guides and resources shows how to reflect as part of practice.
Student professionalism and fitness to practise
Resources to help medical students, physician associate students and anaesthesia associate students meet our standards. We also offer guidance for educators on providing a supporting environment.
Our full list of medical education guidance
Achieving good medical practice
This guidance outlines the standards expected of medical students – both inside and outside medical school. It references our ethical guidance Good medical practice.
Continuing professional development (CPD)
Doctors must keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life and maintain and improve their performance. Continuing professional development is a key way to meet these professional standards.
Designing and maintaining postgraduate assessment programmes
This guidance is supplementary to our curriculum standards, Excellence by design, and gives advice for those making decisions about how programmes of assessment are designed and maintained.
Equality and diversity guidance for curricula and assessment systems
This guide is for medical royal colleges and faculties. It explains the principles for the equality and diversity evidence we need to approve changes to curricula, examinations and assessment systems.
Guide to evaluating interventions
Are your interventions to address differential attainment working? This guide contains resources that will help you evaluate the measure you're taking.
Generic professional capabilities guidance on implementation
This guidance is intended to help colleges and faculties to integrate the Generic professional capabilities framework into their specialty curricula and assessment processes. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges worked with us to produce this guidance.
National professional examinations
To grant a certificate of completion of training, we need to be confident that the doctor has demonstrated the competencies set out in the specialty curriculum through assessments including national professional examinations.
Out of programme doctors in training
A doctor in training that takes time out of their approved programme is said to be out of programme. Find guidance here for doctors in training, postgraduate deans and others dealing with out of programme matters.
Professional behaviour and fitness to practise
This guidance is aimed at medical school and university staff, and placement provider organisations who identify, manage and support students whose professionalism or fitness to practise is a cause for concern.
Programme and site approvals
Deaneries and local offices must check that their training locations meet the standards set out in Promoting Excellence. You can find the current list of approved programmes and sites here.
Promoting excellence equality and diversity considerations
This guide explains our expectations of equality and diversity considerations, so organisations can design and provide education and training that meets the standards set out in Promoting excellence.
The reflective practitioner
This guide supports medical students, doctors in training and doctors engaging in revalidation on how to reflect as part of their practice.
The reflective practitioner - a guide for medical students
Working with the Medical Schools Council, we have produced a dedicated introduction to reflective practice designed for medical students.
Religious and personal beliefs
Resources for students, trainee doctors and medical schools to support and accommodate personal and religious beliefs.
Supporting medical students with mental health conditions
This guidance is designed to help medical schools support students who have mental health conditions. It gives examples of good practice and advice for medical schools on how to provide the best possible help to students.
Undergraduate clinical placements
Here you’ll find our guidance for educators and medical student guide. The guidance is for medical schools and placement providers. It will support them to plan and deliver undergraduate clinical placements that meet our standards. The student guide highlights what student should expect from their placements, what is expected of them, and how to raise concerns.
Our collection of position statements look at specific areas where we have been asked to provide further clarity or information.
Medicine never stops improving, meaning education and training must keep pace. Our projects cover anything which may impact on now or in the future.
Our ethical guidance
The guidance listed on this page is our guidance for medical students and doctors in training. You can find our ethical guidance for practising doctors in the ethical guidance section.