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Becoming a doctor : in a nutshell. Qualifications. Entry to medical school… Good GCSE’s Three A Levels Entry requirements vary between medical schools Medicine as a second degree Foundation course for students without a science background. Personal Attributes. Doctors must be able to…

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Qualifications
Qualifications

Entry to medical school…

  • Good GCSE’s

  • Three A Levels

  • Entry requirements vary between medical schools

  • Medicine as a second degree

  • Foundation course for students without a science background


Personal attributes
Personal Attributes

Doctors must be able to…

  • Listen to their patients’ views and respect their rights

  • Be honest and trustworthy

  • Work effectively with other healthcare professionals

  • Act with competence, compassion, responsibility and integrity


Career path
Career Path

Undergraduate education

  • Medical degree (usually 5 years)

    Postgraduate education

  • Foundation Year 1

  • Foundation Year 2

  • Specialty and general practice training

    (between 3 & 8 years)

    Continuing professional

    development


Types of doctors
Types of doctors

General Practitioners (GPs)

Generally the first point of contact for patients. Their main responsibility is to assess a patient’s health and make an appropriate diagnosis

Hospital Doctors

This group of doctors work in hospitals and can specialise in a range of different areas of medicine including surgery, psychiatry, paediatrics, anaesthesia and general medicine

Other

Doctors can work in a range of other settings including in the armed forces, for the police or at a medical school


For more detailed information, please see the full version of the ‘Becoming a Doctor’ guide on the BMA website: www.bma.org.uk/careers/becoming_doctor

If you have any further queries, please contact the BMA

Science and Education department [email protected]


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