Welcome to the July issue of RSM Engage, the digital magazine for members of the Royal Society of Medicine.

In this issue there are highlights from the recent ceremony to formally inaugurate Professor Roger Kirby as RSM President and to welcome the Society’s new Honorary Fellows and medal holders.

In other articles there are updates on the Ellison-Cliffe Travelling Fellowships, a video campaign tackling vaccine hesitancy, the RSM members recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and new appointees at the RSM.

Dr Kamran Abbasi, Editor in Chief of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, introduces a spotlight on recent papers published in the journal.

Finally, there are reminders of two offers for members, including special rates at the Society’s London hotel, Domus Medica, during the summer weeks ahead.


The Royal Society of Medicine welcomes new Honorary Fellows and medal winners

A special ceremony was held at the Royal Society of Medicine to induct global leaders in medical science and healthcare as the Society’s new Honorary Fellows. Professor Roger Kirby was also formally inaugurated as President of the RSM.

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Ellison-Cliffe Travelling Fellowships – boosting careers, changing lives

We caught up with three former Ellison-Cliffe Travelling Fellows who described how winning a fellowship has helped their work and career development.

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Spotlight on the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Dr Kamran Abbasi, Editor in Chief, JRSM and JRSM Open, gives his top picks on papers you should be reading from the journal.

The best conversations begin with data. Evidence is growing that doctors and medical students from ethnic minorities face barriers and discrimination at every stage of their careers. Research is no exception, but how can ethnic minorities be better represented in academia? A group of medical students tell us how in a new article in JRSM.

If that isn’t enough to persuade you to visit JRSM’s website, you’ll also find important new data on the long-term clinical sequelae of Covid-19, including the 10 most commonly reported ‘long Covid’ symptoms. This major clinical review is the work of leading researchers from the University of Birmingham.

We might spare William Shakespeare the need for data, but researching his plays reveals much to learn for young doctors about empathy. David Jeffrey's JRSM article explains why Shakespeare can make a valuable contribution to medical training and the doctor-patient relationship.


People with five or more symptoms in first week of infection more likely to develop long COVID

The presence of more than five symptoms of Covid-19 in the first week of infection is significantly associated with the development of long Covid, according to a new review published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Diversity in leadership roles essential to engage minority-ethnic medical students with academia

Minority-ethnic medical students must have more role-models in senior leadership positions if they are to engage with academia, says a group of medical students writing in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Studying Shakespeare could help medical students connect with patients

A palliative care doctor has suggested that studying Shakespeare’s plays could help medical students connect more closely with their patients.

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Society news

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Vaccine hesitancy videos make a big impact

Reporting on a series of RSM videos to provide the public with evidence-based responses to concerns and questions about Covid-19 vaccines.

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New and important arrivals at the Royal Society of Medicine

We welcome two new appointments to the Royal Society of Medicine’s Audit & Risk committee and the election of three new Trustees to the RSM’s Council.

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Members’ diverse expertise and service honoured

RSM members recognised in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours represent a snapshot of the depth of expertise and specialist knowledge within the Society’s community.

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Special offer for RSM members

You will need to log in to the website to access the offer, using the email address you used to sign up as a member.

Not yet a member? Become a member and enjoy a range of benefits that will help you professionally and personally. Find out more about RSM membership.

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Make the RSM your home away from home this summer

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If you’re visiting London over the summer and thinking of staying overnight, why not make the most of the great value staycation packages at Domus Medica, the RSM’s hotel?

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Considering buying a new car? See how you can save

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As an RSM member, did you know you can benefit from fantastic offers on car purchases, through our partnership with Motor Source Group? Find out how you can make great savings through these exclusive discounts for NHS and healthcare workers.

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