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President's update: May 2019

Read the latest President's update from Sir Simon Wessely.

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Early career researchers gather for RSM mentoring workshop

The RSM hosted a UK-leading innovation workshop, focused on filling a gap for innovation in bringing together early-stage entrepreneurs with senior clinicians, to spot challenges and new opportunities for the inventions and ideas in med tech.

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Nominations being sought for RSM President and Trustees

Nominations are now being sought for the next President of the RSM and two trustees for the RSM Council.

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President's update: March 2019

After a long spell, Sir Simon Wessely returns with a new blog update.

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Royal Society of Medicine appoints Michele Acton as new Chief Executive

The Royal Society of Medicine has announced the appointment of Michele Acton as Chief Executive, joining the RSM from the eye research charity Fight for Sight.

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Joint winners triumph in Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finals

Colorectal trainee surgeon Doctor Jonathan Evans and neurology trainee Dr Peter Jenkins have been named joint winners of the Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year Award for 2017/18.

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Meet Catherine Zabkiewicz: Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finalist

In the lead up to the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year awards, we spoke to Miss Catherine Zabkiewicz.

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Meet Katie Samuel: Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finalist

In the lead up to the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year awards, we spoke to Dr Katie Samuel.

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Meet Peter Jenkins: Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finalist

In the lead up to the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year awards, we spoke to Dr Peter Jenkins.

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Meet Egho Ireo: Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finalist

In the lead up to the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year awards, we spoke to Egho Ireo.

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Meet Jonathan Evans: Wesleyan RSM Trainee of the Year finalist

In the lead up to the RSM Wesleyan Trainee of the Year awards, we spoke to Dr Jonathan Evans.

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Election of Honorary Officers

Dr Suzy Walton and Professor Linda Luxon are announced as our new Honorary Vice-President and Honorary Treasurer.

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President’s update: August 2018

Sir Simon Wessely reflects on his work leading the review of the Mental Health Act alongside his work as President at the RSM.

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New members joining the RSM Council

Following the recent RSM Council election, four new trustees will be joining the Council at the beginning of the 2018-2019 academic year.

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Royal Society of Medicine appoints first Director of Learning

Bridget Gildea is announced as the new RSM Director of Learning. She joins us from Harvard Kennedy School and will be helping us develop and extend RSM learning and innovation for the wider healthcare community in the UK.

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RSM members celebrated the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours

The Royal Society of Medicine offers its congratulations to the following members who have been recognised in Her Majesty the Queens Birthday Honour list 2018.

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Development Director to leave for new role but staying involved with the charity

After 16 years of successful fundraising at the Royal Society of Medicine, Paul Summerfield, the RSM's Development Director will be leaving in mid-August to join The Royal United Services Institute.

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President’s update: May 2018

The Dean Fiona Moss takes over the reins from the President and talks about the RSM's new Education Strategy and the work that has gone into creating a road map for the education programme over the next three years.

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President’s update: April 2018

Sir Simon Wessely talks about the famous faces who have recently visited the RSM over the past few months, covering visits from Cathie Pilkington, Adam Kay and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

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Soulsby Foundation names recipients of inaugural health travelling fellowships

The Soulsby Foundation has awarded the inaugural Soulsby Travelling Fellowships to Dr Camilla Benfield and Dr Andrew Stringer to support their work in the international field of One Health which focuses on the essential links between human and animal health.

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President’s update: February 2018

The subject of assisted dying is a controversial subject; one that was debated at our ‘Choice at the end of life’ meeting at the RSM. Here Sir Simon Wessely and Roger Kirby account the key arguments from the day.

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge receives an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Medicine

The Duke of Cambridge was admitted as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine during a ceremony at the Society on Wednesday 17 January 2018.

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RSM members celebrated in 2018 New Year Honours list

The Royal Society of Medicine offers its congratulations to RSM members who have been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2018.

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President’s update: January 2018

Sir Simon Wessely and Roger Kirby approach the vexed subject of 'medical manslaughter.

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President’s update: December 2017

Sir Simon Wessely discusses the events of this year's Black Friday, the day of which was marked by an inspiring presentation by obstetric anaesthetist Mark Stacey.

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President’s update: November 2017

Sir Simon Wessely tells the story of a work experience student devising an award-winning system that could save the lives of heart attack victims, otherwise known as the 'Wald Code'.

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Sir Simon Wessely appointed by Prime Minister to lead independent review of Mental Health Act

RSM President Professor Sir Simon Wessely has been appointed by the Prime Minster, Theresa May, as Chair of the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act 1983.

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NHS England and RSM strike entrepreneurial partnership

Hundreds of entrepreneurial doctors who are part of NHS England’s Clinical Entrepreneur Programme will benefit from a new partnership struck by the Royal Society of Medicine and NHS England.

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Q&A with Sir Simon Wessely

Sir Simon Wessely tells us what to expect from his presidency and where he thinks the priorities lie for the RSM over the next three years.

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President’s update: September 2017

Sir Simon Wessely accounts the 'Big Bang' Professor Stephen Hawking created when he delivered a speech at the #TalkNHS debate about his appreciation for the NHS and his fears about its future.

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President’s update: August 2017

Our new President, Sir Simon Wessely, introduces himself to us all in his own inimitable style with his first monthly update. He tells us of his experience of the inauguration day, the installation of four new Honorary Fellows, and the presentation of both the RSM Medal and RSM Gold Medal.

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely becomes RSM President

Professor Sir Simon Wessely is inaugurated as RSM President, taking over from cardiac surgeon Mr Babulal Sethia. Regius Professor of Psychiatry at King’s College London, Sir Simon is the first psychiatrist to hold the office of RSM President.

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Preparing for FY1

Dr Martha Martin recalls the concerns she had before starting her first job at Homerton Hospital in London and offers some tips to newly qualified doctors who are about to embark on their foundation training.

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RSM members recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017

The RSM would like to congratulate all of our members who have been recognised in Her Majesty the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Professor Gillian Leng announced as RSM Honorary Librarian

Following the recent RSM Council election from among current trustees, Professor Gillian Leng has been appointed as Honorary Librarian, and will remain in post until September 2021.

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RSM Honorary Treasurer Rachel Hargest wins 2017 Silver Scalpel Award

Academic Colorectal Surgeon in Cardiff and winner of the Silver Scalpel Award 2017 Rachel Hargest describes the inspirational doctors who led her to following a career in surgery and offers her advice for younger doctors looking to enter this specialty.

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Professor Haberal receives the RSM’s first Distinguished Fellowship

World-renowned surgeon Professor Mehmet Haberal was awarded the Royal Society of Medicine’s first Distinguished Fellowship in recognition of his services to medicine.

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A day in the life of a paediatric emergency medicine trainee

What’s it like to work in paediatrics? Felicity Taylor, a trainee in paediatric emergency medicine, describes the highs and lows of working in the specialty, dealing with a 56 hour week, and having the accolade of becoming an HSJ Rising Star.

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RSM members celebrated in New Year Honours list 2017

The Royal Society of Medicine offers its congratulations to RSM members who have been recognised in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year Honours list 2017.

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Trainee Surgeon

A day in the life of a trainee surgeon

Coming from a family of doctors, trainee surgeon Katie Young always knew she wanted a career in medicine. Here she describes her working day and explains why she aspires to become a plastic surgeon.

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Getting through your finals

Dr Martha Martin graduated from King’s College London and is working as an FY1 doctor at Homerton University Hospital in East London. She offers medical students her top revision tips for those all-important exams.

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A day in the life of a medico-legal professional

Soon after qualifying as a GP, Dr Frances Cranfield entered the medico-legal profession as an Assistant Coroner and expert witness for civil and criminal courts. Here she describes the breadth of skills this area of work requires.

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A day in the life of a Surgeon Commander

Emergency and colorectal surgeon Catherine Doran describes how she has combined a career as a trauma centre surgeon in Birmingham with her role as a doctor deployed with the Royal Navy.

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A day in the life of a pharmaceutical physician

Is there a typical day for a doctor working in pharmaceutical medicine? Paul Robinson, Executive Director, Patient Perspective at Merck Sharp and Dohme suggests there’s no such thing.

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How doctors in different specialties tackle their CPD

Each College has different CPD requirements so we spoke to four clinicians from a range of specialties about their approach to education and their top tips on how to get the most out of time spent on postgraduate learning opportunities.

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The Dangoor Centre for Medical Education opens

The RSM has opened the Dangoor Centre for Medical Education.

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