Royal Society of Medicine appoints new President

Tuesday 15 July 2014

Mr Babulal Sethia will today be inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine. A consultant congenital heart surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Mr Sethia will take over from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins. Mr Sethia has published widely on aspects of congenital heart disease in children and adults. For the past 15 years he has been active in helping to develop cardiac services on an humanitarian basis in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of accredited postgraduate medical education, organising over 400 academic and public events each year spanning 60 areas of special interest. Speaking about the benefits the Society can offer doctors and those working in healthcare in the UK and overseas, Mr Sethia said: “The multidisciplinary ethos of the RSM provides a valuable environment in which to learn and acquire CPD, both in our London headquarters and at home or work through the Society’s online e-learning programme.”
Mr Sethia aims to build on the Society’s cross-disciplinary work during his three-year term as President. He said: “I am hoping the Society can lead the way in moving medicine beyond the traditional ‘silos’ where each specialty area focuses on its own interests.” This, he says, will become increasingly important as the number of sub-specialties increases.
During his presidency Mr Sethia will also focus on developing partnerships with appropriate healthcare and other educational organisations for the benefit of the Society’s membership and the public.

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The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the country's major providers of accredited postgraduate medical education. Each year, the RSM organises over 400 academic and public events, spanning 60 areas of special interest providing a multi-disciplinary forum for discussion and debate. Videos of many key lectures are also available online, increasing access to the Society’s education programme. The RSM is home to one of the finest medical libraries in the world, with an extensive collection of books, journals, electronic journals and online medical databases. As well as providing medical education, the Society aims to promote an exchange of information and ideas on the science, practice and organisation of medicine, both within the health professions and with responsible and informed public opinion. The Society is not a policy-making body and does not issue guidelines or standards of care.