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Outcomes for graduates

Medical students are tomorrow’s doctors. To meet the standards of Good medical practice, graduates must make the care of patients their first concern. They must apply their knowledge and skills in a competent and ethical manner. And they must use their ability to provide leadership and to analyse complex and uncertain situations.

Originally published in Tomorrow’s Doctors in 2009, this document sets out the knowledge, skills and behaviours that new UK medical graduates must be able to show.

Please note: These outcomes are referred to by other organisations and so we have kept the original paragraph numbers. This means that these outcomes start at paragraph number 7; there is no information missing before this.


Inside Outcomes for graduates

  • Outcomes 1 – the doctor as scholar and scientist
  • Outcomes 2 – the doctor as a practitioner
  • Outcomes 3 – the doctor as a professional
  • Appendix 1 – Practical procedures for graduates (open at page 11)
  • Appendix 2 – Related documents (open at page 16)

Supplementary guidance

We have also created extra guidance for medical schools, with advice on how to put these requirements into practice.

Who is this document for?
This document is for anyone who needs to understand the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of UK medical graduates.
Why do you need this document?
This document sets out key required qualities, and should be read by anyone involved in (or receiving) medical education and training.