Royal Medical Society

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Not to be confused with Royal Society of Medicine.

The Royal Medical Society (RMS) is the oldest medical society in the United Kingdom (although this claim is also made by the earlier London-based Society of Apothecaries (1617) which is permitted to award medical degrees).[citation needed] The current President of the 278th session, is third year medical student, Mr Ian Whiteford. He will be succeeded by Mr Chris Graham in the 279th session. Known originally as 'the Medical Society' when it was established in 1737, it was granted a Royal Charter in 1778. The RMS is a professional society engaged in the advancement of medical knowledge and provision of assistance to medical students and professionals. It is based in Edinburgh, Scotland, and is run by students at the University of Edinburgh Medical School.

It is not to be confused with the younger Royal Society of Medicine of London.


Sale of library[edit]

The RMS sold its extensive library, built up throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, at 3 sales at Sotheby's in London in 1969. Much of the collection was purchased by the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1][2]

Notable members[edit]

Detail of painting of Dr Sir Stuart Threipland, of Fingask (1716-1805); Bonnie Prince Charlie's physician during the Rising, and President of the Royal Medical Society (1766-1770).

The society today[edit]

Although cadavers are no longer kept, the Society still encourages medical learning. The RMS hosts talks for students from physicians and surgeons from all fields each Tuesday. This year Neurology, Cardiovascular medicine and a series of talks covering Emergency medicine are just a few of the topics that will be presented to the Society. After each lecture, members hold a private business meeting and is an opportunity for students to present their research to their peers.

Also on offer are practical tutorials (plastering, venepuncture) and the student-led exam tutorials at the end of semesters.

There are also many other events throughout the year: Freshers’ Week events (including the infamous White Coat Pub Crawl); Hallowe’en parties; a Burns Supper and the Presidents' Annual Dinner — this year[when?] taking place in the Playfair Library in the University’s Old College.

The RMS is found above the Potterrow Union on Bristo Square, in the centre of student life in Edinburgh.[citation needed] Members have 24-hour access to all facilities including: a lecture theatre, a well-stocked medical library, a computer suite, learning resource centre as well as a kitchen, TV area, pool table and a seating lounge.[citation needed] During the Edinburgh International Festival, the rooms act a performance venue under the Pleasance and host the Performers'/VIP bar (Brooke's Bar).[citation needed]

The RMS also has a fund for travel and study grants: awarded to members for research at home or abroad and for final year studies.[citation needed] The estate, is managed by the RMS Trust, which has charitable status.

The running of the Society is managed by the RMS Council - consisting of a Senior President, three Junior Presidents and 11 Convenors - each concerned with particular areas of the Society - listed below.[citation needed] The Council is also aided by Dr Paul Mills, Treasurer and Permanent Secretaries, Mrs Elizabeth Singh and Mrs Enid Gardner.[citation needed]


The council for the 279th session will take office in September 2015. The members-elect are:

  • Senior President – Mr Chris Graham
  • 1st Junior President – Miss Ellie Lee
  • 2nd Junior President – Mr Douglas Donnachie
  • 3rd Junior President – Mr Michael Dias
  • Senior Secretary – Miss Marie Berlouis
  • Junior Secretary – Ms Alisha Sachdev
  • Business Convenor – Miss Aparna Potluru
  • Entertainments Convenor – Miss Hannah Douglas
  • House Convenor – Mr Ian Whiteford
  • Publicity Convenor - Miss Emma Chang
  • Library and Museum Convenor 1 – Miss Philippa Boothroyd
  • Library and Museum Convenor 2 – Miss Sophia Bashir
  • Computers Convenor – Dr Mathew Lyons
  • Annual Dinner Convenor – Miss Jacqueline Easter
  • Tutorial Convenor - Mr Jason Young
  • Editor of Res Medica – Mr James Waddell
  • Permanent Secretaries – Ms. Elizabeth Singh and Mrs Enid Gardner
  • Treasurer – Dr Paul Mills

The council for the 278th session is:[3]

  • Senior President – Mr Ian Whiteford
  • 1st Junior President – Mr Chris Graham
  • 2nd Junior President – Miss Christina Intrator
  • 3rd Junior President – Miss Laura Lindsay
  • Senior Secretary – Miss Dara Oyewole
  • Junior Secretary – Mr Douglas Donnachie
  • Business Convenor – Miss Alisha Sachdev
  • Entertainments Convenor – Miss Sarah Douglas
  • House Convenor – Mr Nauman Hafiz
  • Publicity Convenor - Mr Michael Dias
  • Library and Museum Convenor – Miss Philippa Boothroyd
  • Computers Convenor – Miss Marie Berlouis
  • Annual Dinner Convenor – Miss Ellie Lee
  • Tutorial Convenor - Mr Matthew Tse
  • Editor of Res Medica – Mr James Waddell
  • Permanent Secretaries – Ms. Elizabeth Singh and Mrs Enid Gardner
  • Treasurer – Dr Paul Mills

The council for the 277th session was:

  • Senior President – Mr Ruhith Ariyapala
  • 1st Junior President – Miss Laura Lindsay
  • 2nd Junior President – Mr Cameron Farefield
  • 3rd Junior President – Mr Ian Whiteford
  • Senior Secretary – Miss Susannah Cooper
  • Junior Secretary – Miss Dara Oyewole
  • Business Convenor – Miss Ellie Lee
  • Entertainments Convenor – Mr Fraser Barratt
  • House Convenor – Miss Michelle D'Souza
  • Publicity Convenor - Mr Douglas Donnachie
  • Library Convenor - Miss Philippa Boothroyd
  • Museum Convenor – Miss Christina Intrator
  • Computers Convenor – Mr Chris Graham
  • Annual Dinner Convenor – Miss Dara Hasson
  • Editor of Res Medica – Mr John Park
  • Permanent Secretaries – Ms. Elizabeth Singh and Mrs Enid Gardner
  • Treasurer – Dr Edward Duvall

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