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Quincentennial lecturer scheme for trainee physicians

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) will be celebrating its 500-year anniversary in 2018. As well as celebrating its history throughout the year, we will be taking a look at the future of the RCP.

Traditionally lectures at the regional 'Update in Medicine' conferences have been delivered by consultants from within the region and the surrounding areas. For 2018, the RCP plans to appoint a quincentennial lecturer in each region to give a lecture at the regional Update in Medicine (or a similar alternative meeting).


Trainee physicians at CMT, ACCS-AM or ST3-7 level are invited to apply and to be eligible should not be expecting to complete training (ie obtain their CCT) before the date of the regional Update in Medicine. If you are a consultant physician please consider encouraging trainees to apply.

How to apply

Applicants need to submit an abstract relating to the subject of the proposed lecture, which should be based on their work in one of the following categories:

  • clinical research
  • successful quality improvement programme
  • achievements in medical education
  • chief registrar experience and achievements.

The lecture must:

  • be of educational value to a general medical audience and should include an evidence-based overview of the clinical topic
  • last approximately 30 minutes, with 5 minutes for questions (precise times may be adjusted in individual regions).

Abstracts should be submitted using the abstract submission form and be accompanied by a supporting statement from the applicant's consultant. All abstracts will be anonymised for the assessment process. Please see the assessment guidelines for further details.


For more information, contact Emma Joseph, senior manager for UK regions by phone on +44 (0)20 3075 1783, or email at emma.joseph@rcplondon.ac.uk.

Application dates

Applications open for each region approximately 9 months in advance of the 2018 regional Update in Medicine conferences. All eligible members of the RCP will receive an email from their regional manager when applications for the region open. The email will include the application form, guidelines and information about the conference.

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