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

Date: Saturday 13th March 2021

Location: Online

Theme: Sustaining our Healthcare Workforce

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The date and theme of the 11th RMS National Undergraduate Conference for 2021 has been announced! This event is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students from any institution and any background, medical or non-medical.

What is burnout, what is it caused by? Who does burnout affect?

The GMC defines burnout as “a state of emotional, mental and often physical exhaustion caused by prolonged or repeated work-related stress” and it is associated with feeling depressed and lacking motivation (GMC 2019). Burnout has become more well-known and discussed and many understand its’ links to high, long term stress at work.

Anyone can be affected by burnout however healthcare staff are known to be especially affected by it due to “risk factors such as emotional interactions, long working hours and exhausting shift patterns, and a lack of control over the demands placed upon them” (Imison 2018). 25% of GPs are at high burnout risk and two thirds find their work emotionally exhausting, this is higher than when compared to all doctors (GMC 2019).

What does burnout cause?

A recent analysis in the BMJ stated that within healthcare professionals, “burnout is associated with sleep deprivation, medical errors, poor quality of care and low ratings of patient satisfaction” (Montgomery et al. 2019).

What helps prevent burnout?

Workplace support helps reduce risk of burnout in doctors (GMC 2019). According to Montgomery et al. 2019, the five areas of worklife model can be adapted to reduce burnout. Managing workload, being rewarded, having a community spirit, fair treatment and values are all things that can help reduce burnout in staff.

This event will include a wide variety of interesting speakers and interactive workshops from medical, surgical and public health backgrounds to give us an insight into the innovative work being done currently in this field. Students from around the UK will get an opportunity to present their research and showcase the contribution they have made to modern medicine. We welcome students and professionals from all backgrounds to come together and learn about a field of medicine that will undoubtedly form an important part of each and every one of their careers.


Welcoming abstracts from ALL fields of medicine including SSC projects, intercalation dissertations and other research papers. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their work during the conference to attendees and judges. The top 3 abstracts will be selected for presentation and Q&A to the whole conference, with the runners up entered into the short presentation competition, which will be held in multiple smaller breakout rooms. Successful abstracts may be published in RES MEDICA: the peer-reviewed journal of the Royal Medical Society.

Please read the abstract submission requirements below:
-Content: Your abstract must include only the following sections: title, name of author(s), background, method, results, conclusions.
-Word limit: 300 words. Please indicate your word count (excluding heading, subheadings and authors) at the bottom of your abstract.
-File format: Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx only).
Deadline for submission: 31st January 2021
-Please submit your completed abstract via email to , clearly indicating your name.

We look forward to seeing you there!
– Madryn, Louise, Lucy, Siri, Eshita and Prithi –  The Royal Medical Society Conference Team 2021

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