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The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh is the oldest and largest of the UK surgical Royal Colleges, and one of the largest of all the UK medical Royal Colleges. First incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, the College has been at the vanguard of surgical innovation and developments for over 500 years.

Today we are a modern, thriving, global network of medical professionals with a membership of well over 23,000 professionals who live and work in more than 100 countries around the world. 15,000 of these live and work in the UK and 80% of that figure are based in England and Wales. Our membership includes people at every stage of their career, from medical students through to trainees, consultants and those who have retired from practice.

With our interest in professional standards, the College’s primary role – and the main concern of our Fellows and Members - is to ensure the safety of our patients and provide them with the best possible care. We do this by championing the highest standards of surgical and dental practice; through our provision of courses and educational programmes, training, examinations and Continuous Professional Development; our liaison with external medical bodies; and by influencing healthcare policy across the UK.

We are headquartered in Edinburgh and have a major base of operations in Birmingham.

In addition to our core surgical membership and Faculty of Dental Surgeons - the largest such Faculty in the UK - the College also incorporates the UK's only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, the Faculty of Perioperative Care and the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine.

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Press releases from September 2018

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Indian Surgeon Cut Out for Leadership Role

First-Ever Indian Vice-President for UK’s oldest surgical Royal College

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh nominated Mr Pala Rajesh, a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon originally from Chennai in India, to serve a three-year term as Vice-President at the College. Mr Rajesh graduated from Madras Medical College in 1973, spending most of his career in Birmingham where he recently retired from his surgical position at H…

Scalpels At The Ready

Tomorrow's Surgical Stars Compete for Centre Stage in Fourth Year of Unique Surgical Skills Competition

Today, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh together with sponsors Medtronic, a global leader in medical technology, services and solutions, launch the nationwide surgical skills competition aiming to inspire, discover talent, and provide a platform for the next generation of surgeons.  With only 8% of medical undergraduates qualifying as s…

Dental Students Prepare To Take A Bite Of The Action

Senior Dental Students encouraged to take the bit between their teeth competing in nationwide Dental Clinical Skills Competition

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd)’s Faculty of Dental Surgery, together with sponsors Dentsply Sirona, is delighted to announce the launch of its Dental Clinical Skills Competition which will run in dental schools across the UK and Ireland this autumn/winter 2018. Aiming to discover the UK and Ireland’s best undergraduate dentist,…

Cycling Surgeons Slice Through The City

Edinburgh Finish Line for UK’s First-Ever Surgical Cycling Symposium Completes

Edinburgh Finish Line for UK’s First-Ever Surgical Cycling Symposium Completes On 07 September 2018 the UK’s oldest surgical Royal College welcomed 15 cycling surgeons and surgeons-in-training, who have completed a gruelling 550 mile trek in seven days as part of the UK’s first-ever ‘Cycling Symposium’ across Britain. On behalf of the 500+ year…

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