Welcome Week is a great opportunity to learn all about the Royal Medical Society, what we offer, and what you can gain from being a member during your time at medical school.
We host a number of events during the week, including the infamous White Coat Pub Crawl, the Medical Societies Fair and the annual Freshers’ Address and social. We hope these will give you a taster of what we have planned throughout the year.
Many of our events are situated in our own private rooms above the student union in Potterrow, giving our members a prime location and convenient 24-hour access during the week. We aim to give you the best experience and make your first week at university unforgettable, so be sure to attend as many of our events as you can!
Our Council also assists with Edinburgh Medical School Open Days and Post-Offer Visit Days, so you can chat to us before you even come to university!
Joining the RMS
All medical students can join the RMS, which entitles you to full access and use of the RMS rooms and facilities, entry to our exam and clinical skills tutorials, the chance to apply for Travel and Study funding, discounts on events, revision resources and more. You can apply for membership in the office with one of our secretaries or using our online application form.
The RMS sells white coats at a reduced rate during Welcome Week. All students need white coats for anatomy practical classes. You will also need one for the White Coat Pub Crawl event during Welcome Week. The coat is likely to get destroyed during the pub crawl, so it is highly recommended that students buy two, as you will not be allowed into the anatomy lab with a damaged or dirty white coat!
Buy Your White Coat
You can buy your white coat at the RMS during Welcome Week. White coats cost £15 each (or 2 for £25) and are available in sizes small, medium and large. You will be able to try it on when you collect it.
White coats can be pre-ordered online here or with the membership form sent to new entrants by the Medical School.
White Coat Pub Crawl
Your first social as a class of medical students will take place on the Tuesday night of Welcome Week! With you wearing your white coats and the council in surgical scrubs, we will take you on a tour of some of the city’s finest (and otherwise) student establishments… 200 medics clubbing to the wee hours, all dressed in white coats, is a sight to behold. Don’t miss this brilliant opportunity to meet your class and kick off your time in Edinburgh in style!
Sports and Societies Fair
As well as the countless university sports clubs and societies, medical students in Edinburgh run their own medics’ societies. The medics’ sports clubs accommodate the fuller medical timetable and are a relaxed, fun way to enjoy a sport without worrying about commitment or skill. You can attend training and matches if and when you are free and they provide a great way to meet students from other year groups. Societies are related to medical specialities or areas of volunteering. If there is a particular area of medicine that you are interested in, you can join the society and head along to their events.
All of the medics’ sports clubs and societies will be at the Welcome Week sports and societies fairs, run in conjunction with the MSC. Come along to meet the students involved in these clubs and societies, find out more about them and join any and all that interest you!
Last year Professor Colin Duncan, a consultant in Reproductive Medicine and infamous Edinburgh lecturer, delivered the RMS Freshers’ Address. Professor Duncan is a major figure in Edinburgh’s medical programme and had many entertaining memories and tips to share!
Our speaker for this year is currently TBC. This hilarious talk will take you through some of the things you can expect from your time in Edinburgh and a medical career. This will be followed by the annual ABC (Anything But Cups) social, including club entry, so get thinking of a drinking vessel for the night!
Don’t forget to join your official class Facebook group and like the RMS Facebook page to stay up to date on all news and events.