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Getting independent medical advice

  1. 37. Doctors should, wherever possible, avoid treating themselves or providing medical care to anyone with whom they have a close personal relationship. They must seek independent medical advice on issues relating to their own health.
  2. 38. As a medical student, you also need to seek independent and objective advice from a GP or other appropriately qualified healthcare professional and not rely on what you have learnt as a medical student or the views of other students, medically qualified family members or friends. It is important that you have access to independent advice and you should register with a GP who is local to your medical school.

Practical tip #7: Your health – dos and don’ts


  • tell your medical school if you have a health condition or you experience significant changes to a stable health condition
  • get appropriate support – all medical schools have support systems in place to help you, so take advantage of these
  • register with a GP local to your medical school
  • seek independent advice if you have a health condition or think your health or personal circumstances may be affecting your studies or training
  • make sure you follow any treatment plan you are given, and don’t make changes to your treatment without consulting your treating physician.


  • hide it – your medical school will want to help you
  • diagnose or treat yourself
  • seek treatment from friends, family or those close to you.