Membership categories

Your Membership category is determined by your professional qualifications and experience and the kind of use that you will make of the Society.

The main Membership categories are Fellow, Student, Associate or Library Member.

Fellowship

Those holding medical, dental, veterinary or higher scientific qualifications; or in senior positions in healthcare and related fields.
Fellows may take part in the Academic events organised by the Society, and may join, at no extra cost, up to four Sections.

Fellows receive:

They have full use of the Library and use of all social facilities including Domus Medica.

Fellows may vote, hold office and participate in the governance of the Society.
Fellows can extend their Membership for £65 a year to include a Club Member (usually your spouse/partner) so they can visit the RSM independently and use the Club facilities.

Fellow:

Those who hold a UK recognised medical qualification (Doctor, Dentist, Veterinary Surgeon) and are resident in the UK. This includes the Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Residents of the Republic of Ireland are the only nationals outside of the UK also eligible for Student Membership and Young Fellowship.

Young Fellows:

Those resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland and whose first qualification was obtained from a British or Irish medical, dental or veterinary school, or equivalent institution within the previous 10 years. In the case of an oral surgeon holding both a medical and a dental degree, the 10 year period is counted from the later qualification. The Young Fellowship category applies up to the tenth anniversary of the first medical, dental or veterinary qualification.

Retired or Life Fellows:

Either Aged over 70;
or Aged over 60 and fully retired (not earning)
or Aged over 60 and retired from main appointment but with a continuing earned income and have been an RSM Member for 25 years or longer.
Life Fellows may have a maximum of 2 Life Club Members as part of their Membership for which additional fees are payable.

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Student Membership

Those studying for a medical, dental or veterinary undergraduate qualification in a UK or Irish University can join as students. Anyone studying full time for first UK recognised healthcare-related qualification, and not earning at all can join as a Student Associate.

Student Members may take part in the Academic events, and may join, at no extra cost, up to four Sections.

Students receive:

There is also a Student Members' Group.

Students may attend Section meetings, use the Library and all social facilities at 1 Wimpole Street.

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Associate (fewer than five years working)

Those with an interest in the subject of a Section of the Royal Society of Medicine who are not eligible for Fellowship or Student Membership.

Associates may attend meetings of the Section(s) they are associated with and meetings of the Society including Ordinary meetings of Fellows, Annual meetings of Fellows and Special Meetings of Fellows, although they may not vote.

An Associate may be a member of up to two Sections. (Section Membership is at the discretion of the Section).

Associate Members receive:

They may use the Library and all social facilities excluding Domus Medica and access all peripheral benefits of the RSM.

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Senior Associate (more than five years working in any career)

Those with an interest in the subject of a Section of the Royal Society of Medicine who are not eligible for Fellowship or Student Membership.

Associates may attend meetings of the Section(s) they are associated with and meetings of the Society including Ordinary meetings of Fellows, Annual meetings of Fellows and Special Meetings of Fellows, although they may not vote.

An Associate may be a member of up to two Sections. (Section Membership is at the discretion of the Section).

Associate Members receive:

They may use the Library and all social facilities excluding Domus Medica and access all peripheral benefits of the RSM.

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Library

It is possible to simply join as a Library Member.

Options are: 

More details

All applications are vetted by the Membership Committee of the RSM and a years' Membership will run from the first day of the month in which the Membership Committee confirms election.

Corporate

Membership of the RSM is now available for companies, charities and organisations who are involved in healthcare in its widest sense.

Benefits include: 

For a full information pack please contact membership @ rsm.ac.uk or call 020 7290 3930. We welcome you to come for a no obligation tour of 1 Wimpole Street to learn more about the range of benefits on offer.

Contact us

For further information contact:
Membership Department
The Royal Society of Medicine
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7290 2991
Email: Membership@rsm.ac.uk