Bristol Medico-Chirurgical Society


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147th Session  2020 - 2021

President: Professor David Cahill 

Professor Emeritus in Reproductive Medicine and Medical Education, University of Bristol and Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, St Michael’s Hospital

Meetings at Engineers House will be held at 6.45 for 7pm for food  and 8pm for talk 

Webinars will be held by Zoom to start at 8pm 

To join zoom webinars please contact for meeting link. 

[please try to do so at least 12 hours beforehand as last minute requests may not be able to be attended to]


Next Meeting

Wednesday 10th February 2021   Webinar

Professor Sir Terence Stephenson DM, FRCPCH, FRCP

Previous Chairman of the GMC

 “Regulation of the medical profession – from Hippocrates to George Eliot and back to Aeschylus”

Jointly with the GP Society.

Recent Meetings 


Wednesday 13th January 2021 
The very best of student projects from Bristol Medical School

Four students picked from the 250 student projects. 

Julia Kan - Exploring the acceptability, feasibility and clinical utility of a new assessment tool for younger children (5-11-years) with CFS/ME
Thomas Nicholls  Creating a medical education resource on opioid overdose
Anna Pilbro The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on referrals to early-intervention psychosis teams
Ella Smith - Developing a learning resource in toxicology

Ella Smith was judged to be the best presentation from a highly competitive field and is awarded the Med Chi Student Presention Prize. 


Link to the resources 

Thomas Nicholls: Education resource on Opiate Overdose:

Ella Smith's resource on SSRI toxicity:

Wednesday 9th December 2020 Webinar  8pm

Professor Emeritus Gareth Williams MA, MD(Cantab), ScD, FRCP

Previous Dean of Medicine, Bristol

“Unravelling the DNA helix”

Unfortunately we missed the first minute of the talk!


Wednesday 18th November 2020 Webinar 8pm

Professor Emeritus Gordon Stirrat MA(Oxon), MB, ChB(Glas), MD(Lond) FRCOG and 

Professor Richard Huxtable L.L.B.(Nott.), M.A.(Sheff.), Ph.D. (Bristol)

 “Inside the Ethics Committee – Resolving clinical dilemmas”

If the video does not play the  link to view a recording of this is here



The full programme listings for the current session can be found by clicking on this link. 

Interesting links to videos from other sites can be found here




The society was created in 1874 to further medical education by promoting the exchange of views between health professionals on local health matters and to contribute to informed debate within the professions. It has continued ot carry this out for almost 150 years and is now registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation [Charity No: 1181791].
There is a monthly lecture programme which, as part of our charitable function, is free to all. Please do come.  We ask that you let our administrator know you are coming purely so we have an idea of numbers attending. 

The programme listings for the current session can be found by clicking on this link

The website has two main sections: 

These are the public domain section which includes the programme of meetings, a growing collection of photographs of the West Country and the history of the society. 

It also includes the abstracts from our own electronic journal, the West of England Medical Journal, and articles from previous issues.  Full access to the journal is available via the members section and the journal becomes available to non-members three months later. 


The president elect is Prof David Cahill. A full programme is about to be published but will anticipate having online talks this calendar year if physical meetings with meals are not considered safe. 


Please submit material for publication on the website to the website editor: David Cahill :