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Undergraduate education

There are five medical schools that deliver undergraduate medical education in Scotland. The GMC sets the standards that medical schools must meet in teaching and assessing medical students.

University Medical Schools

There are five medical schools in Scotland. These are:

Approximately 950 medical students graduate each year in Scotland.

Undergraduate Education

The General Medical Council (GMC) is responsible for setting the standards and outcomes for undergraduate medical education. This involves keeping the standards and requirements under review, preparing additional guidance, and considering how their functions could develop, as well as keeping medical students and others informed.

The knowledge, skills and behaviours that medical students should learn at UK medical schools and standards for teaching, learning and assessment are contained within Tomorrow's Doctors.

Professional values and fitness to practise

The professional values expected of medical students and guidelines for medical schools are contained within professional values and fitness to practice.



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