About this section

The Medicine and Society Section aims to bridge the gap between medicine and the other health and care professions, and the RSM and the external world. The Medicine and Society Section Council has members from diverse backgrounds who work collaboratively and creatively with other sections and other institutions, in partnership with patient and carer representatives.  The Medicine and Society Section (previously called the Open Section) explores the potential, and the effects, of medical advances and scientific innovations on society, as well as changes in national policy, professional practice, and education, to explore how these can improve outcomes for patients, and the working environment for staff.


We have adopted three key themes with which to work in partnership with others for the next year or so: patient and public involvement; putting data that exists at system level to best use in the interest of care outcomes; inequality as a determinant of health; integration of systems, partnerships, collaboration between stakeholders; and getting the right infrastructure in place, e.g., built environment, data processing architecture, working with industry and SMEs.


We provide topical, interesting and varied inter-professional conferences, espousing a multi-dimensional - physical, mental, social and spiritual - understanding of health and wellbeing in the context of change and transformation of health systems. The Medicine and Society Section Council is always open to new ideas and suggestions, do get in touch if you have ideas that you would like to explore with us.

Section Council members

Section meetings and conferences are usually organised by members of the Section Council, led by the Section President and often in collaboration with specialist societies.

Interested in joining the Section Council?

Section Councils play a pivotal role at the RSM and we are always looking for members who would like to get involved. If you would like to apply, please complete our application form and a Council representative will be in touch.

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Dr Sian Rees
Dr Sarah El Gammal
Honorary Treasurer

Upcoming events and webinars

View all events and webinars being run by the Medicine & Society Section.

Smoking ban - Promo

Nicotine Addiction 2024: Action on Smoking

As smoking remains the largest contributor to poor health and is linked to poverty, deprivation, reduced life expectancy and reduced healthy life expectancy, we invite you to join an event dedicated t...
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom
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Student prizes & awards

Trainee prizes & awards

Medicine & Society

Nicotine Addiction 2024: Poster Prize

Deadline: Saturday 31 August 2024

Open to: Anyone working across healthcare on a project or initiative to tackle nicotine addiction, smoking and vaping.

Prize: £100 and have the opportunity to present the work to the conference audience in the afternoon session on Monday 30 September 2024

Apply here

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