Election to the Fellowship

Fellowship of the Academy is based on exceptional contributions to the medical sciences, either in the form of original discovery or of sustained contributions to scholarship. Fellows are drawn primarily from biomedical science and academic medicine, but also from veterinary science, dentistry, laboratory science, medical and nursing care and other professions allied to medical science.

The majority of candidates are selected for their outstanding contribution to the advancement of medical science, or for the application of existing scientific knowledge or understanding in an innovative way, so as to bring about advances in human health and welfare. A smaller number of candidates may be elected who have made an outstanding contribution in other ways, e.g.:

  • Those who have made a contribution to medical science by leadership, inspiration or the advancement of medical science in a senior management or administrative capacity.
  • Those who have raised the public understanding or appreciation of medical science.
  • Those who in other ways have rendered a conspicuous service to medical science.

Full details of the way in which Fellows are elected can be found in the Election Process section below and in the Standing Orders.

The 2018 Fellowship election is now closed for nominations.  

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