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Professionalism and Standards

General Medical Council (GMC)

The GMC is the Regulatory Body that maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK.  The purpose of the GMC is to protect patients and improve medical education and practice across the UK.  To this end the GMC publish documents outlining the duties and expected professional standards of a registered doctor.  About the GMC.

Good Medical Practice

Link to the key GMC pages on Good Medical Practice, which include interactive case studies and a downloadable booket.

Outcomes for Graduates

The GMC sets out the knowledge skills and behaviour that new UK medical graduates must be able to demonstrate.

Link to the key GMC pages and downloadable booklet on Outcomes for Graduates.

Promoting Excellence

The GMC sets out the the required standards for medical education and training.

Link to the key GMC pages and downloadable booklet on Promoting Excellence.


The School publishes a one-page guide on developing professionalism. This document sets out good practice and puts the required standards into context.  Guidance on the professional use of social media for medical students.

Good Practice

The University webpages on Good Academic Practice provide a policy for students and staff.  A short School of Medicine Policy Good Academic Practice provides advice on academic integrity.  The University policy on non-academic misconduct is also relevant to medical students and sets out expected behaviour for students and the consequences of misconduct.

Dress Code

Students on medical degrees must observe the following dress codes:

  • Lectures, tutorials and seminars. Any form of dress is permissible providing that it does not cause offence to others.
  • Dissection practicals. Students must wear a clean lab coat over long sleeved clothes.
  • Practicals in the MP Lab. Students will be advised on a case by case basis but for some practicals they will be required to wear a clean lab coat.
  • Clinical skills. The school applies the NHS Scotland Dress code relevant to patient interaction and hygiene regulations. This is applicable in the School or other health care establishments and relevant to real or simulated clinical settings, including OSCEs.

Mobile Phone Use (ScotGEM)

Policy for use of mobile devices for ScotGEM students

Name Badges

Students on UG medicine degrees will be issued with a plastic name badge at the beginning of the academic year.  This should be placed inside the pink card holder and worn in small group teaching sessions, DR, clinical skills and on clinical placements.  If the card is lost a replacement can be purchased from the online shop.  A temporary name badge can be obtained from the School Reception Desk on Level 3 whilst waiting on the replacement name badge.