Turner-Warwick lectures

After the success of the Quincentennial lectures, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) is introducing a new lecturer scheme for trainee physicians celebrating the life and achievements of our first female president, Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick.

Traditionally, lectures at RCP 'Update in medicine' conferences have been delivered by consultants from within the region and the surrounding area. For 2019 the RCP plans to appoint a lecturer from the trainees in each region. Their lecture will be given at the regional update (or a similar meeting).


Trainees at CMT, ACCS-AM or ST3-7 level (or equivalent) are invited to apply. To be eligible, you should not be expecting to complete training (ie obtain your CCT) before the date of the 'Update in medicine' in the region concerned.

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 work in one of the following areas:

  • clinical research
  • successful quality improvement programme (QIP)
  • achievements in medical education.

Successful applicants will be notified at least 4 months in advance of the regional update. The lecturer will receive a plaque from the president of the RCP and be invited to the 2019 Harveian Oration and dinner.

Abstracts should be submitted using the online abstract submission form and be accompanied by a supporting statement from their consultant. All abstracts will be anonymised for the assessment process. 

Guidance for applicants

The lecture must be designed to be of educational value to a general medical audience and should include an evidence-based overview of the clinical topic. For example, if the lecturer's topic is based around a QIP they have carried out on the management of sepsis in their hospital, the lecture would provide an overview of current best practice in the management of sepsis.

The lecture should last approximately 30 minutes with 5 minutes for questions (precise times may be adjusted in individual regions).         

Application dates

Applications open for each region approximately 9 months in advance of the 2019 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.

Open applications


For more information contact Gill Brown, deputy head of UK regions, by phone on +44 (0)1858 465944 or email at gill.brown@rcplondon.ac.uk.