Med-Chi is Brighton’s historic “medico-surgical” society. As such, it is a forum where hospital doctors, general practitioners and medical students from all over Sussex can meet and hear distinguished speakers deliver stimulating talks on diverse clinical and non-medical topics. These talks aim to tackle some of the major medical, ethical, philosophical, educational and medico-political issues that confront health professionals and the general public alike. In addition, we welcome sixth formers interested in a career in medicine, especially those from the BSMS Brightmed programme. Certificates of attendance are available after meetings for clinicians to include in their CPD diary.
We work to preserve the historic tradition of Med-Chi as part of the clinical life of doctors in Brighton and elsewhere in Sussex. Central to this is our belief that continuing medical education and established networks between doctors can improve patient care and the working life of clinicians. We also believe that our unique role as a local forum for exploring wider issues in medicine and healthcare (for example through medical humanities) can promote personal and professional development.
For BSMS medical students we offer other opportunities. In addition to automatic free membership, BSMS students can present student research (e.g. Independent Research Projects or intercalated degrees) as part of a Med-Chi session. Such presentations do not have to be clinical: we also welcome presentations relating to medical humanities, ethics and global health. Students are involved as council members, assisting with publicity and supporting Med-Chi’s collaboration with the BSMS widening participation programme. We are also active in the history of medicine and opportunities exist for BSMS students to research and publish material from our extensive archives. Students interested in history of medicine research through our archives should contact the BSMS representative on Med-Chi council, Dr Max Cooper ().