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Criminal records and studying medicine

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2076
  1. John McMillan, senior lecturer in medical ethics1,
  2. Barry Wright, consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer2,
  3. Giles Davidson, head of administration2,
  4. Jonathan Bennett, associate dean for students1
  1. 1Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Hull
  2. 2Hull York Medical School, University of York, Heslington, York
  1. J McMillan john.mcmillan{at}


Should a spent conviction prevent entry to medical school? John McMillan, Barry Wright, Giles Davidson, and Jonathan Bennett consider the main arguments for and against rejecting applicants on the basis of a criminal record


  • Competing interests: All authors are members of the Hull York Medical School’s fitness to practise committee.

  • Provenance and peer review: Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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