University of Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society

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University of Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society
Institution University of Glasgow
Location Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Established 1802
President Kris McArdle
Members 700
Website Med-Chir Homepage

The University of Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society is a student society at the University of Glasgow which organises social and educational events for medical and nursing students at the University. The immediate Past President (2014-2015) is Kieran McGivern.


Founded in 1802, Med-Chir is one of the oldest medical societies in Scotland[1] The society was formed twelve years before practicing physicians and surgeons in Glasgow began to meet for formal instruction.[2]

It is one of the oldest societies in the University and was instrumental in founding the Glasgow University Union in 1890, along with the Glasgow University Dialectic Society, Comunn Oiseanach Oilthigh Ghlaschu, and Glasgow University Athletic Club.[3] It retains close ties with the Glasgow University Union.


The University of Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society, AKA MedChir, is one of Glasgow University’s longest running societies and has been making Thursday nights fun since 1802. MedChir are responsible for organising the biggest and best social nights, educational events and the sports teams for Glasgow University Medical Students. MedChir also raise money for a different charity each year. Last year they raised over £1600 for Yorkhill Family Housing Ltd, a charity dedicated to providing accommodation to the families of sick children. This year MedChir are supporting Unite Against Cancer, a new charity that aims to fund research into novel cancer treatments.

MedChir organise major social events, such as the Annual Medical School Ball and the Revue (all-medic talent competition, won by Emeli Sandé during her time at Glasgow).[4] They also offer talks from the most prestigious speakers in their fields, events for students to practice their clinical skills and hold joint evenings with the Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. MedChir members participate in the Scottish and Northern Irish Medics Sports tournament (SNIMS) every year, hosting and winning the event in October 2012.

Additionally, 'Surgo' has been MedChir’s in-house publication since 1935 and it provides a light-hearted look at medic life as well as anything else that catches the editorial team’s eyes.[5]

Its runs a football team to allow members to participate in sport together, but also to take part in competitive matches.[6]

Former Members[edit]

Many illustrious former members maintain a link with the society and the MedChir Life Members Tie has been spotted on more than a few occasions, notably when Sam Galbraith presented the Scottish Cup. During the 2011-12 session the MedChir Life Members Badge was introduced.


The archives for the University of Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society are maintained by the Archives of the University of Glasgow (GUAS).[2]


  1. ^ Shaw, AB (July 1968). "The oldest medical societies in Great Britain". Medical History 12 (3): 232-244. 
  2. ^ a b Downie, James Walker (1908). The Medico-Chirurgical Society of Glasgow, 1814-1907. Presidential Address. Glasgow : Macdougall. p. 2. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Records of Glasgow University Medico-Chirurgical Society, student society, University of Glasgow, Scotland". University of Glasgow Archives. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ Anderson, Helen; Pye, Richard (2009). "Interview with Emile Sandé". Surgo 82 (2): 8-9. 
  5. ^ "Surgo Glasgow". Scribd. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "About". Glasgow Medics AFC. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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