Thought pieces

Thought pieces from the GMC team

Read our thought pieces about areas of the guidance that generated a lot of discussion among medical schools and their students. We will continue to add more pieces as the conversation about the guidance evolves.

Raising concerns

Raising concerns about professionalism is an important principle based on our standards for medical education and training. Read more on the importance of having clear policies for raising and acting on concerns – considering the different scenarios where concerns might be raised.

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In the context of student fitness to practise, remediation is where a student or graduate addresses concerns about their conduct, behaviour or health. This piece focuses on the key principles behind remediation, how students can demonstrate it, and how schools can support them in the process. It is primarily addressed to medical schools.

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Legal representation

Should medical students going through fitness to practise procedures seek legal representation? Should their schools encourage them to do so? This piece outlines some principles to help schools and students make the decision of where legal representation would be useful – and what they should take into consideration.

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Thought pieces by medical schools

Read submissions from medical school staff who are considering the guidance in light of day-to-day situations they come across with their students. If you would also like to submit a piece for this page, contact us at

The changing role of signatures

Staff from Manchester Medical School reflect on the behaviour of students signing in for attending lectures, and how they have changed their practices to record attendance as a result.

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The risk of essay-writing services

Dr Janette Myers from St George’s University London discusses her thoughts on ‘essay mill’ websites and how they are misleading students with the services they offer.

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