Twelve months since the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) opened membership to medical students and foundation doctors, the two new schemes have helped hundreds of future physicians further their career.
To date, the RCP has over 600 medical student and foundation doctor members and has awarded thousands of pounds in elective funding and educational sponsorships. The RCP now has a foundation doctor on the editorial board of the Clinical medicine journal and a number of medical student members spoke at the institution’s inaugural careers day event.
There are plans to expand the benefits offered to student and foundation doctor members, including further discounts on RCP events, improved free access to the Clinical medicine journal and a newly enhanced online library catalogue. The RCP is also set to introduce international student membership in 2013. Other benefits of student and foundation doctor membership include:
- free webstreamed teach-ins and lectures
- discounts on RCP products including the Medical Masterclass MRCP(UK) revision tools for foundation doctors
- careers information drawn from expertise in 32 medical specialties
- guidance on learning and medical practice through how-to guides and online forums.
In addition to supporting young physicians, the RCP is keen to involve student and foundation doctor members in key areas of the organisation’s work, with plans for a Medical Students Committee and for trainees to sit on guideline development groups.
On Thursday 29 November the RCP is hosting an event where medical students and foundation doctors will be able to discuss and input into the groundbreaking Future Hospital Commission. The Commission has been established to review all aspects of the design and delivery of inpatient hospital care, and its recommendations are likely to impact on tomorrow’s medical leaders.
Professor Linda Luxon, treasurer of the RCP, said:
Not only do we want to support younger physicians through their career, we also want their input in setting higher standards. Medical students and foundation doctors will inherit the healthcare system and it is crucial that they are involved in shaping how care is delivered.
For further information, please contact Andrew McCracken, RCP Communications and New Media Adviser, on +44 (0)203 075 1354 / 07990 745 608, or email email@example.com