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Introduction to Ethical and Professional Guidance

The practice of medicine requires doctors to uphold high personal, professional and ethical standards, and we are responsible for defining and promoting these standards. and the Medical Council has developed 'Guidelines for Medical Schools on Ethical Standards and Behaviour' appropriate for Medical Students to help you meet these expectations and also a ‘Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners’. This guidance will be a constant reference point for you throughout your career.

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General Behaviour

As a third-level student, you will be expected to behave in a way which would be expected of all college students. In addition, your behaviour must be appropriate to your chosen career as a medical professional.

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Personal and
Professional Interactions

You will have clinical experience and patient contact from an early stage of your studies. You must learn to conduct yourself in a way which is respectful and sensitive to the needs of patients.

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Student Case Studies

Read our case examples and scenarios to help you in understanding our ethical guidance