Rights, Privileges & Further Information

Below you will find information about membership subscriptions, retiring fellows and revalidation and the use of College post-nominals. Click on the titles below to see more information.

Retiring Fellows & Revalidation

The introduction of revalidation by the GMC has meant that in order to practice medicine a practitioner must undertake revalidation and participate in the requirements of revalidation. In consequence if a practitioner wishes to avail themselves of the retired Fellow rate they must have ceased to revalidate.

If they continue to revalidate and therefore equip themselves for employment they will continue to pay the normal rates even if they have retired from their full time NHS post. If income from medical practice is less than the lower income rate (£25K) the relevant “lower income” rate will apply.

Those Members and Fellows who has ceased to revalidate and are therefore ineligible to continue to work as a medical practitioner may choose one of the following retired fellow options:
To pay an optimal subscription to the EMJ of £78.00 per annum plus either:
(a) An annual reduced fee as a retired Fellow or
(b)Pay a single ‘one-off’ life Fellowship fee.

Retired Fellows who are working in other areas (medico-legal or other speciality)

It will be necessary for you to seek guidance from the GMC on how to remain as a specialist in your field.

Use of College Post-Nominals

Members and Fellows are reminded that only the Post-Nominal letters authorised by the College are MRCEM and FRCEM as set out below:

Member Category Post-nominal
Fellow by Examination FRCEM
Fellow by Election FRCEM
Fellow Ad Eundem FRCEM
Honorary Fellow FRCEM (Hon)
Member by Election MRCEM
Member by Examination MRCEM

Use of these post-nominal letters is restricted to those members and fellows who have paid their annual subscription.

Useful Documents

Diploma Ceremonies

Every year a diploma ceremony is held in London during the month of December. This is to recognise the achievements of those doctors who have passed the FRCEM and the MRCEM during the past rolling 14 months. Invites are generally sent out in July- August to book a place at this event as well as a reminder to book a gown and photographs (via Ede and Ravenscroft website). Depending upon the venue sometimes numbers are restricted but the invites will clearly state how many people can be in attendance for each diplomate.

This year's diploma ceremony will be held on 3 December 2020 in London at Central Hall, Westminster

RCEM Awards

Alison Gourdie Memorial Fund

A research grant of up to £1,250 is available to Junior Doctors, Consultants within five years of appointment and members of professions involved in the provision of emergency medical care.

Or alternatively contact:
Dr Ian Higginson, Registrar
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine
7-9 Breams Buildings, London EC4A 1DT

Tel: 020 7404 1999
Fax: 020 7067 1267

To apply please email gerardine.beckett@rcem.ac.uk. Applications must be received before 31 August 2020.

Maurice Ellis Award

The Maurice Ellis Award recognises his pioneering work in the field of Emergency Medicine. It may be awarded every two years and presented at an appropriate event in the Royal College of Emergency Medicine calendar.

An award will next be made in 2018. Please read the nomination criteria for more information.

William Rutherford International Award

This award by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine recognizes the inspiring work of one of the specialty’s ‘founding fathers’, William Rutherford. The award can be made every fourth odd-numbered year beginning in 2009 and information about the award, nomination criteria and how to nominate someone will be published here on the College website.