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Sandhurst: Preparation for life as a GDMO
  1. Capt Alexandra Moss1
  1. 1GDMO, 5 Medical Regiment, Aldershot Garrison Health Centre, Aldershot, Hants
  1. Aldershot Garrison Medical Centre, Hospital Hill, Aldershot, Hants., GU11 1AY 07854716305 alexandramoss{at}


The ten-week Professionally Qualified Officers (PQO) course has been running successfully for a number of years and focuses on the values of officership, leadership and command. This article compares the principals embodied in the “Sandhurst Ethos” and the General Medical Council’s “Duties of a Doctor” and examines how time spent undertaking the PQO course strengthens the professionalism of junior doctors whilst introducing them to military life.

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