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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness



Undergraduate Teaching Leads Forum - curriculumThe RCPsych Undergraduate Teaching Leads Forum has been developing a revised undergraduate psychiatry curriculum over the last year.  This has been done in consultation with multiple stakeholders including:

  • student societies,
  • clinical schools,
  • patient/carer organisations, RCPsych faculties/sections/special interest groups,
  • an open workshop at the RCPsych International Congress. 

The curriculum maps as far as possible the competencies listed in and the language of the GMC document Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009.  All clinical schools are being asked to bring their curricula (including psychiatry) in line with TD09, and this curriculum should help this process.


We recommend that this curriculum details what psychiatry medical students need to learn on their course to become competent doctors. The input from multiple and differing stakeholders increases its validity. We believe that the curriculum provides a useful basis of what psychiatry should be taught and examined on undergraduate courses. We also believe that students should be given the curriculum so they clearly know what they should learn. We of course recognize and respect that all medical schools have a right to set their own curriculum and may want to deviate from this.


The curriculum will be reviewed in November 2013 and any feedback would be very welcome. It should be sent to Dr Paul Wilkinson.


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