Event Details

Becoming a doctor

RCPE Schools' lectures Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 22 November 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


Following successful events in previous years, the College will be hosting a programme of Schools Medicine Lectures this autumn. We aim for these sessions to be informative and helpful to your students in fourth or fifth year who are considering a career in medicine, and to those in their final year in the process of applying to medical school. These lectures are free to attend.

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2017 autumn programme


Ethical dilemmas in medicine
Chair: Professor Kenneth Boyd, Professor of Medical Ethics at the University of Edinburgh

An interactive panel discussion will examine some of the challenging moral and ethical decisions taken by patients and doctors today.

1600 - 1730

Refreshments from 1515 in the New Library


Topical medical issues
Chair: Professor Derek Bell, President, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

Prof Bell will discuss the importance of medicine to society and the key topics you will study at medical school, with a question and answer session.

1700 - 1800

Refreshments from 1615 in the New Library


Becoming a doctor
Dr Katherine Walesby, Chair of RCPE Trainees and Members’ Committee

Current medical students and newly qualified doctors will explain what it is like to study medicine and will discuss life as a young doctor.

1600 - 1730

Refreshments from 1515 in the New Library

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Events are free of charge to attend but spaces are limited. Teachers at Edinburgh schools can book places for pupils who are interested in attending or pupils can book places directly. Please contact Liz Smith (l.smith@rcpe.ac.uk) with the following information:

  • How many pupils from your school are interested in attending each session
  • The year group(s) of these pupils

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Further Info

Please note that on occasion event programmes may be subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.


As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to themain historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

An induction loop system is available in the Great Hall.

Accommodation and Directions to the College

The College has negotiated special rates with a number of local hotels.

Parking is available on street (metered) or at the Omni Centre car park, 10 minute's walk from the College.

Download pdf map and directions

Bicycle racks are available for cyclists at the door to 8 Queen Street. For access to further bicycle racks, please ask at reception.

Local walking routes

Three short walks can be enjoyed from the College. So if you are visiting us, why not explore the local area. Details can be found at Medal Routes.

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