Photos from our sell-out conference can be viewed here.


Open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any institution and any background, medical or non-medical.

The Royal Medical Society of Edinburgh is excited to announce that this year our conference will be exploring the topic of mental health.

Mental health issues affect us all, directly and indirectly, and yet do not receive sufficient attention in the medical community. For this reason, we believe that it is an incredibly important and interesting topic for our 8th National Student Conference.

This event will include both medical and non-medical accounts from speakers, a choice of interactive workshops and a showcase of high-quality student research. We hope to allow both medical and non-medical students from across the UK to come together and tackle this difficult topic. We have worked hard to involve relevant organisations and charities in the event, allowing them to share their expertise and ideas.

The event will once again be held in the historic Old Medical School, University of Edinburgh, less than 15 minutes walk from the city centre, Waverley Station and the airport bus stop.


– Talks from three prominent speakers in the field of mental health
– A choice from ten different workshop sessions
– A chance to see pioneering research from students across the country
– An extensive buffet lunch
– Morning refreshments, tea and coffee
– Delegate bag with freebies and conference lanyard
– Certificate of attendance for your portfolio

Standard ticket:
RMS member: £12*
Student: £16
Non-student: £20

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*RMS members should enter their membership number as a promotional code to avail of their discount.


Importantly, whilst mental health is the theme of the day, we welcome and encourage abstract submissions from all aspects of medicine, biomedicine and healthcare.

Abstracts will be marked by two leading clinicians and/or researchers. The top-scoring abstracts will be selected for oral and poster presentation, with the runners up entered into the poster presentation competition. Successful abstracts will be published in RES MEDICA: the peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Medical Society.

This year we will have two presentation sessions:

1. Entries from the field of psychiatry, mental health and associated fields
2. Entries from any medical, biomedical or healthcare-related field

Abstract submission has now closed. Thank you to all of those who submitted their research.


Registration opens at 08:45, with the welcome address commencing at 09:30. The registration desk will remain open all day to accommodate those later arrivals who wish to travel to Edinburgh on the day, as well as for any questions or queries that delegates may have on the day. The conference will finish no later than 17:00

Final Timetable

Keynote: “From Suicide Prevention to Homicide Prevention: how clinical observations have revolutionised crime prevention”
Dr John Crichton
Chair RCPsych in Scotland, Vice-President RCPsych (UK)
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

”My Journey With Mental Illness”
Rachel Bottomley
GP Link Worker, Scottish Association for Mental Health

“Emotional Resilience: a vital personal template for managing our lives and finding happiness and fulfilment”
Dr Alex Yellowlees
Medical Director, The Priory Hospital Glasgow
Eating Disorder Specialist

“Voices of Carers: who they are, how to identify them, the impact on their mental health and how to support them”
Jess Kearslake
Partnership Training Officer
VOCAL – Voices of Carers Across Lothian

“Psychiatry of Pregnancy”
Dr Robby Steel MA. MD. FRCPsych,
Consultant Obstetric Liaison Psychiatrist
Undergraduate Teaching Convenor for Psychiatry
Psychiatric Undergraduate Adviser to CMVM

“The Impact of Compulsory Detention at The State Hospital”
Carolin Waker
Professional Lead Nurse Advisor, The State Hospital
General Member, Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland

“What’s on your mind? A whole population approach to ending mental health stigma and discrimination”
Frances Ryan
Education and Young People Support Officer, See Me

“Storytelling for Wellbeing”
Lily Asch
Founder and Director, Real Talk

“Good Doctors Are Happy Doctors. Let’s Talk About Putting the Joy Back Into Medical Education. Doctors Don’t Deserve to Be Depressed!”
Dr Kohei Yamada
Graduate of Charles University, First Faculty of Medicine
Representative, QUPI: The World’s Largest Medical Question Bank

“Mental Health & LGBTI People”
Sam Rankin
Intersectional Equality Co-ordinator, Equality Network

“The Power of Belief in Eating Disorder Recovery”
Caroline Toshack
Movement Therapist and NLP Practitioner

“Hello, this is Nightline, can I help you?”
Angus Leung and Olivia Fahy
Nightline Publicity, Fundraising & Events Coordinators

“Good Wellbeing for Medical School and Postgraduate Life”
Lorraine Close
Director, Edinburgh Community Yoga
MSc in Research, Mental wellbeing of FY1 doctors

We look forward to seeing you there!
– The Royal Medical Society Conference Team

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Supported by:

Gold Sponsor: Qupi
Silver Sponsor: MDDUS
Silver Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer
Silver Sponsor: Wolters Kluwer
Silver Sponsor: Elsevier
Silver Sponsor: Elsevier
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Bronze Sponsor: British Medical Association
Bronze Sponsor: Royal College of Psychiatrists
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