Becoming a doctor means more than acquiring knowledge and skills.
Medical students cannot complete the undergraduate curriculum without coming into close, and sometimes intimate, contact with members of the public who may be vulnerable or distressed.
It is essential that you do nothing to diminish the trust which sick or vulnerable people and their relatives place in you.
The award of a medical degree automatically entitles the graduate to be provisionally registered by the General Medical Council and to practise under supervision as a doctor.
By awarding a medical degree, a university is therefore confirming that the graduate is fit to practise to the high standards laid down by the GMC in its guidance to the medical profession, "Good Medical Practice".
Duty of care
Universities have a duty to ensure that no member of the public is harmed as a consequence of participating in the training of their medical students.
If your conduct as a medical student falls below the high standards of honesty or behaviour that the public has a right to expect from the medical profession, the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Fitness to Practise procedures will be initiated and may result in an appearance before the Fitness to Practise Committee, which has the power to expel a student from the course.
Members of the public may raise such concerns directly with staff from the school or may access the Intervention Request Form directly.
Offers are subject to the results of hepatitis B and C, HIV, tuberculosis, two MMR vaccinations (or evidence of immunity to measles and rubella), and varicella vaccinations (or a history of having chicken pox). You will need to have an Occupational Health assessment.
See Guide to Immunisation, Screening and Health Clearance
Students with disabilities or health problems
You should read very carefully the following statements which describe our position - and that of all other medical schools in the UK - with regard to certain personal circumstances which could make it difficult or impossible for you to practise as a doctor.