The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) hosted a members' reception this week, providing an opportunity for new and established members to learn about the benefits of membership and catch up on recent Society developments.
More than 80 members from diverse age groups and career stages gathered at the RSM’s central London home for an evening of networking, informative sessions, tours of the building's member areas and immersive experiences.
On arrival, members had the opportunity to mingle and connect with fellow attendees during a welcome reception. Professor Roger Kirby, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, then opened the proceedings with a warm welcome and introduction, setting the tone for an engaging and informative evening.
The presentations that followed focused on helping members to maximise the value of their RSM membership. Attendees also had the opportunity to learn about two new member benefits. Christophe Mallet, CEO and Co-Founder of Bodyswaps, introduced the audience to a new AI and VR-powered training module for navigating angry conversations with patients, developed in partnership with RSM. Then, Capstone Financial’s Matt Rhodes, Director and Head of Medical, and Rob Beck, Senior Financial Advisor, presented the financial planning services offered by St James's Place.
Following the presentations, Professor Kirby was joined on stage by Paul Banks, Head of Library; Gavin Berkerey, Head of Membership and Marketing; Professor Mary Bishop, Director of Learning; and Angie Corkhill, Interim Director of Engagement, for a question-and-answer session. Members quizzed the panel about a wide range of topics, such as patient involvement in the education programme, strategies to engage medical students and younger members, library developments, and use of exclusive member facilities like the Domus Medica hotel.
In the final session, members had the opportunity to explore the RSM Library and Club through guided tours and interact with Bodyswaps and St James’s Place. Bodyswaps’ VR headsets attracted considerable attention, with attendees eager to experience the immersive technology. As part of the I Am The RSM campaign, attendees also had the chance to view storyboards showcasing member case studies, highlighting the breadth and diversity of RSM members and their valuable contributions to healthcare.
The RSM holds member receptions several times a year and all members are encouraged to look out for information on this, if they are interested in attending.