New GMC guidance will ensure medical students have more opportunity to apply their medical knowledge and skills in hospitals and surgeries before they graduate.

The guidance, (a new version of “Tomorrow’s Doctors”), which follows concerns that a number of skills are being overlooked, will require medical schools and the NHS to work together to organise ‘student assistantships’. Medical schools will need to teach specified “hard science” subjects and work to a standardised list of clinical procedures which students must be competent to undertake before graduating from University.

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