The transition from medical student to doctor: perceptions of final year students and preregistration house officers related to expected learning outcomes

Int J Clin Pract. 2005 Mar;59(3):324-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1742-1241.2005.00438.x.


In this prospective qualitative study over 12 months, we evaluated the educational and clinical effectiveness of a new final year undergraduate programme in a London medical school (Guy's, King's and St Thomas'). A stratified sample of 17/360 final year students were interviewed four times, and the content was assessed against 32 amalgamated learning outcomes identified in 1997 in The New Doctor. At the beginning of the preregistration year, eight of the learning outcomes were already met, 10 partly, eight remained to be attained and for six, insufficient evidence existed. Preregistration house officers who have been through the final year student house officer programme expressed competence in many of the outcomes of the General Medical Council's New Doctor. The study identified areas such as prescribing where further developments are needed and will help in planning the new foundation programme.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Career Mobility*
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate
  • Female
  • Humans
  • London
  • Male
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / psychology*
  • Perception
  • Professional Practice
  • Prospective Studies
  • Students, Medical / psychology*