President’s Updates


February 2018 

The subject of assisted dying is a controversial subject; one that was debated at our ‘Choice at the end of life’ meeting at the RSM on Friday 9 February. Here Sir Simon Wessely and Roger Kirby account the key arguments from the day.


january 2018 

Sir Simon Wessely and Roger Kirby approach the vexed subject of "medical manslaughter". 

Wimpole Street Entrance

december 2017 

Sir Simon Wessely discusses the events of this year's Black Friday, the day of which was marked by an inspiring presentation by obstetric anaesthetist Mark Stacey.


November 2017

Sir Simon Wessely tells the story of a work experience student devising an award-winning system that could save the lives of heart attack victims, otherwise known as the 'Wald Code'. 


October 2017

Sir Simon Wessely tells us what to expect from his presidency and where he thinks the priorities lie for the Society over the next three years.


September 2017

Sir Simon Wessely accounts the 'Big Bang' Professor Stephen Hawking created when he delivered a speech at the #TalkNHS debate about his appreciation for the NHS and his fears about its future.


August 2017

Our new President, Sir Simon Wessely, introduces himself to us all in his own inimitable style with his first monthly update. He tells us of his experience of the inauguration day, the installation of four new Honorary Fellows, and the presentation of both the RSM Medal and RSM Gold Medal.


July 2017

In B Sethia's final update as President, he congratulates those recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours and welcomes the new members of Council and the Chair of the Academic Board as he thanks those who have worked hard alongside him over the last few years.


June 2017

This month, B Sethia reflects on compassionate behaviour within the healthcare profession, the election for RSM Trustees and the RSM’s first Global Surgery summer school on delivering healthcare in resource-poor environments.


May 2017

In May’s update, B Sethia talks about key upcoming events, including the 100th anniversary of the Medical Women’s Federation. He also highlights future changes happening at the RSM.


April 2017

The RSM president discusses the Distinguished Fellowship that was awarded last month and looks forward to future awards and several key upcoming events.


March 2017

This month, the RSM President’s update touches on the current problems in the NHS, how to continue to educate the next generation of healthcare workers and the work being undertaken to improve the RSM’s membership offering.


February 2017

B Sethia discusses the progress made at the recent Council meeting, both in terms of membership an internal operations. He also comments on the upcoming Annual Fellows Meeting.


January 2017

B’s first update for 2017 talks about the future of the RSM’s membership and the RSM is extending its remit internationally. Plus you can also find out about his top academic picks for January.


December 2016

RSM President, B Sethia, welcomes two new key colleagues who will be joining us in the coming year and looks towards the key events to put in your diary and the progress of initiatives mentioned in previous months that 2017 will bring. 

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