In our last issue of Notes, we looked at why professional conduct is important throughout your studies – and shared stories of students who crossed the line in their behaviour and saw their professionalism called into question.

It's important for you as a student to know where your responsibilities lie, and how your actions might impact on your studies and future career. 

As a result, the GMC has recently published an updated resource – based on its core ethical guidance for doctors, Good medical practice – to help you understand what's expected of you as a student, and how to keep your professional standards high.

The guidance encourages you to:

  • Keep your skills up to date, engage with your studies and reflect on your performance
  • Understand the limits of your competence and ask for advice when you need to
  • Maintain clear and accurate notes and documentation – even if they're just for your own learning – to build your skills
  • Communicate effectively with patients – making sure you're honest when you don't know something
  • Be aware of issues surrounding patient confidentiality, and what constitutes improper disclosure
  • Be honest and trustworthy in your studies and on placement.

You can find the full guidance on the GMC's website.    


This article was correct at publication on 20/07/2016. It is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.