Who are we?
A career in medicine can be challenging as well as rewarding. We're here to make sure you – now as a medical students and in the future as a doctor – have the right training, experience and support to deliver high quality care.
We do this by:
- promoting high standards of medical education and training
- producing ethical guidance, such as Achieving good medical practice, to help you in your study and work
- making sure that doctors who join the medical register meet our standards for good practice.
Meet some of the people at the GMC who are dedicated to helping you and find out about some of our projects to support you in becoming good doctors.
My name is Dan Wynn...
and I am one of many liaison advisers working across the UK.
The core of my job, and my favourite part, is speaking to medical students about our ethical guidance and our wider role, including how we regulate medical education. If you're at a Scottish medical school you will hopefully see me or one of my colleagues in your first, third and final years.
We really want you and all medical students to know that the GMC is an accessible, open organisation, and one that you can get involved with in all sorts of interesting ways! I look forward to seeing you soon.
My name is Ioanna Maraki...
and I am a manager in the GMC's Education Policy team.
In my role I look after our policies for teaching professionalism at medical school and for supporting medical students with long term health conditions and disabilities, including mental health.
One of my favourite things is that I get to talk to medical students and medical schools about our work and see how we can work together to improve things. My aim is for you to interact with our guidance and advice from as early as possible in your medical education, so you can see how you can make the best use of us in your career.
We welcome and value learners with a disability or a long-term health condition
If you have a disability or a long-term health condition, or you develop one during your training, don't hesitate to let us know. You won't be alone - 12.3% of medical students declared they had a disability in 2017/18.
Take a look at our Welcomed and valued guidance to help you understand more about the support your medical school or postgraduate educator should offer. Health conditions and disabilities affect each person in a unique way, so we've designed this guidance for educators to make sure they give all students and doctors the tools and flexibility they need to succeed.
You can also read shared experiences from learners with a disability, listen to our podcast series, and find other sources of support.
We firmly believe that people with a disability or a long-term health condition should be welcomed to the profession and valued for their contribution to patient care.
A diverse population is better served by a diverse workforce that has had similar experiences and understands their needs.
My name is Tanita Cross...
and I am the Digital Content Officer in our Communications team.
I lead on creating podcasts, videos and social media content that helps you understand how to use our ethical guidance and shows you all the other ways we can support you during your career. I'm also one half of the team that will reply to any queries you send us via Twitter or Facebook!
My favourite projects are the ones where I get to collaborate with you to create and share content that showcases the amazing work you're doing, and helps your colleagues too. Find out how you can get involved! I look forward to snapping you on camera one day.
My name is William Curnow...
and I am an Assessment Design, Development and Policy Manager in the Education team.
I help to shape the standards and requirements we expect medical schools to meet when delivering your education. This includes our recently updated Outcomes for graduates and accompanying Practical skills and procedures. These act as a guide for what you need to learn during your time at medical school and are what medical schools use to develop their curriculum.
We want you to get a great education and feel prepared for practice by the time you graduate. I enjoy being part of the team that is helping to make this happen.
Medical Licensing Assessment
From 2024, if you want to register with us for a licence to practise, you'll need to have a degree that includes passing the Medical Licensing Assessment (MLA). It's a two-part assessment. There'll be an applied knowledge test and a clinical and professional skills assessment.
Every medical school sets its own exams and decides its own standards for those. We set exams for international medical graduates who want to join the register, and decide the standard for those. The MLA will, for the first time, demonstrate that both UK and international medical graduates can meet a common threshold for safe practice.
We'll require anyone graduating in the academic year 2023/24 and afterwards to have passed the MLA before they can join the register.
If you're starting a four-year course in 2019, you won't take the MLA, unless you take time out during your studies. But you might be able to take part in a pilot.
If you're starting a five or six year course, you will need to gain a degree that includes passing the MLA before you can join the register.
We're working with lots of people and organisations, including your medical school, to develop the MLA. We're keen to keep you and your fellow students up-to-date as we finalise the details. You can keep in touch with the latest information at our Medical Licensing Assessment pages.
My name is Rebecca Morris...
and I am the UK Applications Manager in the Registrations team at the GMC.
I'm responsible for making sure all final year students get their registration in time to start F1. I've been doing this job for nearly ten years so I've overseen the registration of over 65,000 medical students!
The best bit of my job is travelling the UK, speaking with medical students and helping to answer their queries. My aim is to make registration and the move from student to provisionally registered doctor as seamless and stress-free as possible.
I look forward to meeting you when you're ready to join the register.