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The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the largest providers of postgraduate medical education in the UK.

Our Library holds over 500.000 books, all on – site and makes available over 1.300 medical journals, 5000 e – journals and 1.000 e – books to members, free of charge via the internet.

The Library is used by doctors, dentists, vets, healthcare professionals, medical and health journalists, researchers, scientists and medical students.

Enquiries are received from all over the world and increasingly from developing countries.

The Society provides medical education and training for over 40.000 doctors, dentists, vets and people working in the healthcare sector.

Most of the education is planned, organized and provided by our Sections, which represent over 59 different medical specialties.

This multi – disciplinary approach is an integral part of our educational strategy.

Our Sections include: Anaesthesia – Cardiology – Catastrophes & Conflict Forum – Clinical Forensic & Legal Medicine – Clinical Immunology & Allergy – Clinical Neurosciences – Coloproctology – Comparative Medicine Network – Critical Care Medicine – Dermatology – Emergency Medicine – Endocrinology & Diabetes – Epidemiology & Public Health – Food & Health Forum – Gastroenterology and Hepatology – General Practice with Primary Healthcare – Geriatrics & Gerontology – Gastroenterology &Hepatology – History of Medicine Society – Hypnosis & Psychosomatic Medicine – Intellectual Disability – Interprofessional Education Network – Laryngology & Rhinology – Lipids, Metabolism &Vascular Risk – Maternity & the Newborn – Medical Genetics – Military Medicine – Nephrology – Obstetrics &Gynaecology - Occupational Medicine – Odontology – Oncology Open – Ophthalmology – Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – Orthopaedics – Otology – Paediatrics & Child Health – Pain Medicine – Palliative Care – Pathology – Patient Safety – Pharmaceutical Medicine & Research – Plastic Surgery – Psychiatry Radiology Respiratory Medicine – Rheumatology & Rehabilitation – Sexuality & Sexual Health – Sleep Medicine Sport & Exercise Medicine – Surgery – Technology in Medicine – Telemedicine & eHealth – Urology – Vascular Medicine – Venous Forum.

In addition to the Society’s Sections, there is a thriving network of medical students and trainees, as well as an active and busy retired fellows society.

In the last few years the Society has developed a global health programme.

This is designed to keep RSM members and visitors to the Society, up – to – date on various medical and health developments in developing countries.

The programme includes an annual conference and regular briefings.

The Spring 2016 conference will be held on April and the theme will be ‘Global Health and Ageing’.

The Society also hosts a Global Health and Human Rights Films Club which is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations.

A Global health film festival is taking place from 30 – 31 October 2015.

Another flourishing area of activity is the RSM’s medical innovations programme, which was launched in 2008.

To keep members and their guests up to date on exciting new innovations in medicine and healthcare, the Society has invited innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world to make presentations about new drugs, devices, apps, programmes, projects et al.

To date, over 180 briefings have taken place and most of them have been filmed, edited and posted on the RSM website.

You can watch them free of charge.

In 2016 the Society will host two summits – in April and September, as well as regular innovation briefings.

The Society, which is a charity, is committed to public engagement and has a very successful programme called ‘Medicine and Me’.

The programme is based on a series of meetings for patients and carers, bringing together doctors and charities/patients groups, which focus on particular diseases and illnesses.

Meetings planned for 2015 – 16 include Lymphoma, Dementia, Pulmonary Fibrosis and Autism.

Previous Medicine and Me meetings have covered the following areas – Allergies, Arthitis, Asthma, Brain tumours, Breast cancer, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cleft lip and palate, Coeliac disease, Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Dementia, Eczema, Hepatitis C, Injured in service, Intensive care unit (ICU), Living with cholesterol, Living with colostomy, Living with diabetic eye disease, Living with diabetic kidney disease, Living with glaucoma, Living with migraine, Living with pituitary disease, Lupus, Meningitis, Sclerosis (MS), Osteoporosis, Ovarian cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), Prostate cancer, Prostate disease, Psoriasis, Renal failure, Sleep apnoea, Stroke, Thalassemia, Tinnitus, Turner’s syndrome and Vitiligo. (?Vertigo)

The RSM has extensive facilities for conferencing and meetings.

These include three auditoria, with seating capacities of 80, 150 and 300.

There are seminar and breakout rooms, function rooms and informal spaces for meetings.

In addition for members and their guests, facilities include an in – house hotel, bar, buttery, common room, restaurant, private dining rooms and Chandos House.

The RSM is a charity and is dependent for its income on membership subscriptions, hiring out its facilities and philanthropic donations.

The RSM receives no money from HM Government or statutory sources.