MBBS 2012: The vision
Provides the best possible student experience
Prepares students to meet the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s patients
Produces graduates able the thrive in the 21st century healthcare environment
Maximises the benefits of learning medicine at UCL
MBBS 2012: The goals
The goal of the MBBS programme at UCL is to produce The UCL Doctor:
A highly competent and scientifically literate clinician, equipped to practise patient-centred
medicine in a constantly changing modern world, with a foundation in the basic medical and
social sciences. This vision is underpinned by the values of scholarship, rigour and
professionalism. The focus is on the development of the student as a scientifically informed,
socially responsible professional who, in turn, can serve the health needs of individuals and
MBBS 2012: Outcomes for graduates
The overall aims of the MBBS 2012 Programme at UCL are for students to:
Develop a genuine understanding of the fundamentals of clinical science and how science
underpins medical practice
Develop a range of professional skills necessary for patient care, including history taking and
consultation skills, examination skills and clinical reasoning skills
Learn to diagnose and manage, under supervision, a range of common and important clinical
Develop an understanding of the basic ethical, professional and legal issues related to clinical
Develop an understanding of the epidemiological, environmental, psychological and sociological
aspects of health and illness and their application for both the treatment and prevention of
Consider how knowledge of disease pathology is applied in care and prevention
Be able to assess patients’ healthcare needs taking into account their physical and mental health
and personal and social circumstances and apply their knowledge and skills to synthesise
information from a variety of sources in order to reach the best available diagnosis and
understanding of the patient’s problem
Develop a patient centred approach to practice
Develop an appreciation of the determinants of health: how health behaviours and outcomes are
affected by the diversity of the patient population and how, from a global perspective, health,
disease and variations in health care delivery and medical practice are determined and interact
Develop an appreciation of the importance of delivering the most appropriate care by considered
and careful use of limited resources
Develop the attitudes and behaviours appropriate to being a good doctor and to demonstrate
these by their behaviour with patients, relatives and colleagues
Appreciate the nature of contemporary practice including: an understanding of the modern NHS;
the need to work in teams to ensure patient safety and improve healthcare; providing leadership
and advocacy; and being able to adapt to the changing landscape of medical knowledge and
healthcare delivery and transnational challenges to global health
Be well prepared to enter the Foundation Programme
Be prepared to fulfil a lifelong commitment to requirements of the GMC enshrined in Good
Medical Practice (GMC 2006) including a commitment to reflective practice, and working
continually to improve their own performance

MBBS 2012: The vision