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What is a profession?

A type of occupation able to make distinctive claims about its work practice and status


What is professionalisation?

The social and historical process that results in an occupation becoming a profession


Give three ways in which medicine became a profession

Asserted an exclusive claim over a body of knowledge or expertise

Established control over market and exclusion of competitors

Established control over professional work practice (GMC)


What is professional socialisation?

The process through which new entrants acquire their professional identities


Give two ways in which medical students are professionalised

Formal curriculum
Informal curriculum (attitudes and beliefs)


Why did the GMC claim doctors needed to be self regulated?

There is an unusual degree of skill and knowledge involved in professional work that non-professionals are not equipped to evaluate or properly regulate


Give four criticisms of self regulation

- Virtuous claims seen as self serving
-Favours interests of doctors over patients
- Discourages whistle blowing
- Control is informal and inadequate


How is GMC regulated now?

Mix of lay and professional members
All independently appointed
Overseen by the council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence


What is fitness to practice?

When there are concerns about a doctor's fitness to practice


Give three fitness to practice issues

Criminal caution
Physical or mental illness


What is licensing?

Previously you stayed on the register unless actively removed. Now revalidated every 5 years.