Joining RCSEd

How Do You Become an RCSEd Affiliate?

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By joining The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) as a Fellow, Member or Affiliate, you become part of a prestigious network of some 30,000 professionals in over 100 countries across the world. You are also welcomed into an organisation dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical practice; and renowned for its friendliness and approachability.

The College is proud of its culture of innovation and is committed to supporting our membership throughout their careers. Fellowship or membership of the College provides professional accreditation from one of the oldest, most prestigious and respected surgical bodies. Fellowship and Membership of our College, first and foremost, is a professional qualification which indicates that a surgeon has gone through a rigorous process to ensure his or her professional competence.

With over 500 years of education, assessment and advancement of the profession of surgery, we pride ourselves on our exacting standards and the positive difference they make to patient outcomes and care. In addition to this mark of quality which Fellowship and Membership of the Edinburgh College carries, we provide support for our membership on key professional issues and an impressive range of professional and personal benefits.

How Do You Become an RCSEd Fellow or Member?

Fellowship or membership of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is usually by examination. If you are due to sit an examination, such as the MRCS, you can do so throughout the UK and internationally and choose to affiliate to The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

If you have been successful in the membership examination of one of the UK or Ireland surgical colleges you are eligible to apply for membership of this college. Please email giving details of your full name and postal address so that we can send the relevant information to you.

It is also possible for you to be admitted to the Fellowship of the College without examination if you are:

  • a Fellow of a sister college or Corporations of Surgery
  • a registered medical practitioner who is not a Fellow of a sister college or Corporation of Surgery but have professional status of a high order and are deemed to have rendered special services to surgery in general or to the College in particular
  • a registered medical practitioner who is not a Fellow of a sister college or Corporation of Surgery but have passed an Intercollegiate Specialty Examination and have completed a Higher Surgical Training programme recognised by the appropriate Specialist Advisory Committee.

If you have such qualifications and you would like to join our College please email to be assisted with the process.

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