Joining the RSM as a Life Fellow

For a one-off subscription, Life Fellows can keep up to date with the latest medical developments as well as enjoy a wide range of social benefits exclusive to Life Fellows. The Fellowship also offers you the opportunity to become a valued part of our network of medical students, trainees, consultants and senior medical professionals.

On this page, you can find out more about the range benefits we offer as well as the eligibility criteria and how to become a member.

The cost of Life Fellowship is £1,190 - £3,570. Life Fellows must be either aged over 70 or aged over 60 and fully retired (not earning).

updates on medical developments


The RSM's extensive academic programme helps members keep up to date with developments in medicine and healthcare:

  • over 400 meetings each year
  • spanning 56 medical specialties and areas of interest
  • highly preferential rates for members (sometimes free)
  • opportunities to network with colleagues and speakers.


retired fellows society


The RSM’s Retired Fellows Society* runs a programme of intramural and extramural events exclusively for Retired Fellows, including Life Fellows, and their guests:

  • lectures and talks
  • guided walks around London
  • photography club.

*small additional annual fee is payable

Priority invitations to high profile Society lectures


Receive priority invitations to flagship events:

  • Medical Innovations Summits and breakfast briefings showcasing work from innovators, entrepreneurs and researchers from around the globe
  • Global Health lectures, debates and the annual Global Health Conference addressing a key topic each year.

Outstanding library services


Home to one of the largest medical libraries in the world:

  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • 600,000 volumes and 12,000 journals
  • private study rooms and and free printing and photocopying
  • expert library team for high quality literature searches and free training courses covering database searching and accessing online resources (CPD accredited).

Access to online journals and educational resources


An extensive range of online educational material:

  • over 5,000 full text e-journals
  • access to Clinical Key with over 13,000 medical and surgical training videos, database of clinical guidelines and over 3,000 drug monographs
  • five major clinical databases
  • growing collection of 7,500 e-books.

Exclusive members’ only club facilities for business or pleasure


When visiting London, enjoy superb Club facilities:

  • two members’ lounges and a bar and café area
  • elegant restaurant and three private dining rooms available free of charge
  • onsite members’ only hotel Domus Medica, with 47 bedrooms from just £93 PRPN (inc. breakfast)
  • discounted rates at our nearby beautiful boutique hotel, Chandos House.

Exclusive benefits and privileges


Enjoy an exclusive range of extra benefits and privileges for members, including:

  • global network of reciprocal clubs
  • free White membership of WEXAS Travel
  • discounts on Hiscox home insurance
  • discounts at John Lewis stores and on Apple products
  • discounts on car parking, and much more…

price and eligibility

The price of Life Fellowship is £1,190 - £3,570. Life Fellows must be either aged over 70 or aged over 60 and fully retired (not earning). Life Fellowship is also offered to those who have been RSM members for 25 years or longer and are aged over 60 and retired from main appointment but with a continuing earned income.

If you are already a member of the RSM and wish to convert to Life Fellowship please contact the membership team: or call +44 (0)20 7290 2991.

need some advice?

Contact the membership team for further information and advice

T: +44(0)20 7290 2991
Open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

The Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE arrow

“I’m a Life Fellow and the RSM now is the best it has ever been in my 40 years of membership. Keep up the good work. It is most appreciated.”

Mr Ian Fraser, Life Fellow

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