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Royal Medical Society
Abbreviation RMS
Formation 1737, Royal Charter 1778
Purpose Medical student society, educational and social
  • University of Edinburgh
Detail of painting of Dr Sir Stuart Threipland, of Fingask (1716-1805); Bonnie Prince Charlie's physician during the Rising, and President of the Royal Medical Society (1766-1770).

Royal Medical Society (RMS) is the oldest medical society in the United Kingdom.

The RMS is a British professional society engaged in the moving forward of medical knowledge.


It was called "the Medical Society" when it was established in 1737. The Society was granted a Royal Charter in 1778.

RMS is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The society has members throughout the world.

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