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Medical ethics and law for doctors of tomorrow: the consensus statement restructured and refined for the next decade
  1. Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt1,
  2. Carwyn Hooper2
  1. 1 Medical Education, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2 Institute of Medical and Biomedical Education, St George's Hospital Medical School, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Pirashanthie Vivekananda-Schmidt, Medical Education, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK; p.vivekananda-schmidt{at}

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The General Medical Council’s (GMC) Outcome for Graduates, published in 2018,1 is the latest guidance for medical schools on the GMC’s expectations of the undergraduate medical curriculum. One of its three top level outcomes—Professional Values and Behaviours—refers to medical ethics and law, professionalism and patient safety competencies. Furthermore, the recent proliferation of patient safety inquiries in the UK2–4 has elevated the emphasis on ethical medical practice5 and critical medical ethics and law competencies for future doctors.

In response to these developments and to ensure an up to date offering, the Institute of Medical Ethics Education Committee has updated the consensus statement on the core curriculum for medical ethics and law for doctors of tomorrow.6

This refined curriculum is the result of a national consultation process. We asked for the views of all lead teachers of medical ethics and law in all UK medical schools, the UK’s chief medical officers, the GMC, and delegates at our annual education conference in 2017 who …

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