Support offered to medical students in crisis

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The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has re-launched its programme of support for UK medical students, On Medica reports.

In two new publications the RMBF encourages students to seek help and offers advice on how to cope with the demands of studying medicine.

The charity aims to support and protect the future of the medical profession, offering financial help in the form of grants for students facing critical and unexpected hardship while studying. Previously this support was offered in the form of loans, but by switching to grants the RMBF hopes to reach more students in need who may be wary of taking on additional debt.

A new downloadable publication, The Vital Signs for Medical Students, highlights key pressure trigger points for medical students and provides advice on managing stress during the rigours of medical education. A new-look leaflet, for distribution in medical schools, will also set out the support on offer and encourage students to seek help in difficult times.

The re-launched RMBF website also hosts an updated guide to medical student finances, which provides information on sources of funding, advice on applying for bursaries and grants, and tips for saving money as a student.

Steve Crone, chief executive of the RMBF, said: “Since we started providing help to medical students in 2012, we have seen our support make an enormous difference to the lives of dozens of student beneficiaries, and hundreds more have accessed our online resources. However, we know that there are many more out there who are struggling against unexpected hardship. We want to reach as many students in difficulty as we can, and we have built key relationships with UK medical schools to ensure that all medical students can access our help in times of crisis.”

The programme is supported by UK-wide medical defence organisation MDDUS.

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Commenting, MDDUS joint head of medical division, Dr John Holden, said: “MDDUS are proud to support the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund’s vital work to ensure that today’s medical students are supported to graduate and become tomorrow’s healthy, resilient doctors. I urge medical educators to spread the word about the RMBF’s support programme, to ensure that their students know what help is at hand when times are hard.”