Teaching safe and effective prescribing in UK medical schools: a core curriculum for tomorrow's doctors

Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2003 Jun;55(6):496-503. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2125.2003.01878.x.


There is a pressing need for medical graduates to be fully prepared to take on the responsibilities of prescribing and to be able to respond to continual inevitable rapid changes in therapeutics. The curricula in UK medical schools were greatly influenced by Tomorrow's Doctors, published by the General Medical Council in 1993. This has recently been updated. While it highlights the management of disease and use of drugs as key learning objectives, it offers little specific guidance. In this document we expand on these broad statements, provide a view of how these learning objectives might be achieved, and identify the key elements of a core curriculum in prescribing and therapeutics.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude of Health Personnel
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Curriculum
  • Drug Prescriptions
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Learning
  • Pharmacology, Clinical / education*
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians' / standards*
  • Schools, Medical
  • Teaching / methods*
  • United Kingdom