About this event

  • Date and time Thu 4 Jul 2019 from 9:30am to 6:30pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Military Medicine

This annual event will showcase the work of the Defence Medical Services to those considering a career as a regular or reserve in the Royal Navy, Royal Air Force or Army.

You will:

  • Learn more about the work of the Defence Medical Services
  • Be presented with career case studies from a variety of personnel, to express the varied career options available within the Armed Forces
  • Become familiar with what additional training and skills available to military medical personnel
  • Be updated on recruiting targets and career pathways

Keynote speaker

Beth Healy is a UK trained doctor who has recently returned from Antarctica where she was working as a researcher for the European Space Agency at spaceflight analogue Concordia ‘White Mars’. A fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and patron of Expedition Medicine with an interest in polar environments, she has worked as part of logistical and medical support teams for ski mountaineering expeditions and endurance races in Svalbard, Greenland, Siberia and at the North Pole. Beth will be giving this event's keynote lecture. Hear her TEDX talk here.

This event will also be of interest to Medical Students and Junior Doctors already serving in the armed forces to highlight potential career pathways.



Key speakers

Beth Healy

Beth Healy

British medical doctor who spent a year in Antarctica at Concordia Station, a French-Italian base, as a Research MD.

Brigadier Robin Simpson

Defence Deanery Dean

Surg Cdr Bland

Defence Consultant Advisor in CBRN Medicine


View the programme

Registration, tea and coffee
Welcome and introduction

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Gurney, President, Military Medicine Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Celebrity trauma and toxicology

Surgeon Commander Steven Bland

Questions and answers
Tea and coffee break
Medicine and the Marines

Surgeon Lieutenant Gerard McKnight, St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

General Duties Medical Officer: The first years as an army doctor

Captain Peter Harper

Life as a Medical Officer Submarines

Surgeon Lieutenant John Norsworthy

Panel discussion
General practice with a difference

Squadron Leader Sophie Foxen, RAF GP, RAF Cosford

Humanitarian duties in rural Kenya: Lessons learnt

Major Nabeela Malik, Medical Officer, 212 (Yorkshire) Field Hospital

Pre-hospital emergency medicine

Major Jon Barratt

Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break
RSM membership benefits
How the Defence Deanery can help you

Brigadier Robin Simpson, Dean, Defence Postgraduate Medical

Higher degree opportunities in defence

Major Max Marsden, Clinical Research Fellow, Centre for Trauma Science, Queen Mary University of London and the Alexander Duckham Memorial Schools Trust

Keynote lecture

Dr Beth Healey, British medical doctor

Questions and answers
Close of meeting and drinks reception


Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom