Information for medical students

Supporting your ongoing education

Everyone recognises that the graduation of new doctors each year is of vital importance. 

We, medical schools and others are committed to working together to make sure that you can progress your studies during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
This includes helping as many students as possible to safely start or continue their placements in clinical settings. 

How individual medical schools and placement providers respond to the pandemic will depend on local circumstances. It’s likely they’ll each need to make different adjustments as the situation changes. 

Throughout this period, we’ll keep working with all schools to ensure their courses still meet our standards and outcomes. We’ll also regularly update these web pages with information and advice for medical students.

Looking after your health

Like the wider profession, as a medical student you must manage your own health. This means not attending teaching sessions, placements or assessments if you’re unwell, and self-isolating in line with national advice.

This is particularly important in clinical settings, where patient safety should always be your priority. If you’re in a clinical environment, medical schools and placement providers should make sure that you’re suitably equipped. For example, that you have protective clothing, and the right information to minimise the risk of transmission.

If you have pre-existing health conditions that place you at increased risk of infection, you should discuss this with your medical school or local education provider.

Volunteering

We know that many medical students have volunteered in different roles during the pandemic. We’re also aware that some may not have been able to volunteer for a wide range of reasons. Whether or not you’ve already volunteered, or you volunteer in the future, it will not impact your future progression.

The Medical Schools Council (MSC) has set out their expectations on volunteering for employers, medical schools and students. This stresses that you should not jeopardise your progression by taking on too many additional responsibilities.

If you volunteer, you must not be asked to carry out any duties of a doctor. You must be supervised to be safe and act within your competence at all times. 
Arrangements should be made locally, and employers should give you relevant induction, equipment and support. You can find volunteering opportunities on the MSC's website.