No GMC registration for medical students

The GMC has ruled out plans to put medical students on performers lists, and will instead increase monitoring.

Ahead of this week's GMC council meeting in Northern Ireland, GMC president Sir Graeme Catto said GMC members would visit medical schools to carry out education and monitoring.

'How we engage with students and make them aware of how they are required to work has been an issue for years,' Sir Graeme said. 'One proposal was that we should consider registering them. There are benefits to this but we have decided not to.

'We intend to visit them more regularly from day one. Last year we had a very successful road show and we intend to continue with that project as well.

The DoH will have the final say over whether a student register will be drawn up. The GMC's recommendations will be put to ministers in January and are likely to be adopted, according to Sir Graeme.

GMC associate director for education, Martin Hart, said: 'It is very important that we impress upon students the role we play in education. We decided that the best way of going about this was to engage with students without a student register. Students have been very enthusiastic about this and many are very interested in the GMC and its role in standards and ethics, which is encouraging.'

The GMC has also published guidance for future doctors on how they should behave.

'Medical Students: professional behaviour and fitness to practise' is available from the GMC's website. Copies will also be distributed to medical schools.

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