Royal Society of Medicine appoints new President

Mr Babulal Sethia will today be inaugurated as President of the Royal Society of Medicine. A consultant congenital heart surgeon at the Royal Brompton Hospital, Mr Sethia will take over from Professor Sir Michael Rawlins. Mr Sethia has published widely on aspects of congenital heart disease in children and adults. For the past 15 years he has been active in helping to develop cardiac services on an humanitarian basis in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America.

 The Royal Society of Medicine is one of the UK’s major providers of accredited postgraduate medical education, organising over 400 academic and public events each year spanning 60 areas of special interest. Speaking about the benefits the Society can offer doctors and those working in healthcare in the UK and overseas, Mr Sethia said: “The multidisciplinary ethos of the RSM provides a valuable environment in which to learn and acquire CPD, both in our London headquarters and at home or work through the Society’s online e-learning programme.”

Mr Sethia aims to build on the Society’s cross-disciplinary work during his three-year term as President. He said: “I am hoping the Society can lead the way in moving medicine beyond the traditional ‘silos’ where each specialty area focuses on its own interests.” This, he says, will become increasingly important as the number of sub-specialties increases.
During his presidency Mr Sethia will also focus on developing partnerships with appropriate healthcare and other educational organisations for the benefit of the Society’s membership and the public.

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