The MBChB Regulations are reviewed annually and confirmed by the Medical School Board normally on the final meeting of the academic session in June. Their purpose is to regulate the course ensuring the standards and quality of medical degree achieved remains at the highest level.
Fitness to Practise
The General Medical Council (GMC) publication Medical Students: professional values and fitness to practise sets the values and standards that all UK Medical Schools incorporate in their own Fitness to Practise Policy. Dundee Medical School adheres to those same high standards and values which every medical student and graduate must demonstrate throughout the course and throughout their future career in Medicine.
The Dundee School of Medicine Fitness to Practise Guidelines must be read in context with the Medical School Staff/Student Charter and MBChB Regulations. Each of those documents has a stated specific function in guiding and supporting each student throughout the course and thus shaping their own continuing professional standards, ensuring respect and leadership in the care of their patients, and in their relationships with the public and future colleagues involved in healthcare delivery.
The Medical School Charter
This Charter represents a significant development to capture the expectations and responsibilities of both yourself as medical student and your University.
It has been developed from the principles set out in the Medical School Charter developed by the Medical Schools Council and BMA Medical Students and should be read in conjunction with the General Medical Council’s document "Good Medical Practice".
The Medical School Charter is not a fixed standard but contains a core of issues designed to promote a good awareness on both our parts of our responsibilities and commitments.
For your own part it is important that your choice to enter Medicine is made in the full awareness of the duties and expectations that studying for a degree in Medicine entail.
As a medical student you will be studying both for a University degree and a professional qualification. On successful completion of your training you will be qualified to practise as a doctor. You will also be coming into contact with members of the public in sometimes vulnerable and distressed circumstances and will be placed in a position of trust and expected to behave with the utmost integrity from the very start of your studies.
So that you may have a clear understanding not only of the standards laid down by the guidance of the General Medical Council for the medical profession but also the University’s expectations of you throughout your training, the University sets out these duties and responsibilities in terms of its Medical School Charter. In the first section of the Charter the expectations of you as a medical student are presented and in the second section we detail our responsibilities as a Medical School to you as they relate to education provision, privacy and equal opportunity, administration and support and student representation.
While it is subject to the University’s own Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and approved policies, the Charter is designed to inspire high standards and quality delivery. The issues raised here are not exhaustive nor are they prescriptive but they do represent the route to best practice and a way to develop that. Together that is what we are setting out to achieve by signing up to this Charter.