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Medical ethics and law: assessing the core curriculum
  1. Angela Fenwick
  1. Correspondence to Dr Angela Fenwick, Clinical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Room 4001, Building 85, Highfield Campus, University Road, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK; ajf3{at}


The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) has produced a guide to the assessment of medical ethics and law (MEL) in UK medical schools which is available on-line. It complements the work which was carried out in 2010 to up-date the MEL consensus statement on what should be considered core content. The guide aims to provide practical help for teachers on what, when and how to assess medical students' learning. The briefing paper gives a background introduction to the guide, outlines its purpose and plans for future work.

  • Ethics
  • Law
  • Education

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