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Becoming a doctor : in a nutshell
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…
Listen to their patients’ views and
respect their rights
Be honest and trustworthy
Work effectively with other healthcare
Act with competence, compassion,
responsibility and integrity
Career Path
Undergraduate education
Medical degree (usually 5 years)
Postgraduate education
Foundation Year 1
Foundation Year 2
Specialty and general practice
(between 3 & 8 years)
Continuing professional
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
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
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:
If you have any further queries, please contact the BMA
Science and Education department [email protected]

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