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Free membership for medical students

Having professional protection may not seem a priority, but now is the perfect time to be part of something big.

With FREE student membership from Medical Protection you’re joining almost 300,000 members who trust us to protect their careers and finances.

Join the world’s leading medical defence organisation protecting doctors and healthcare professionals across the world.

What is professional protection and why is it so important?

You’ll spend time on clinical placement, putting into practice what you’ve learned. Professional protection can help with any medicolegal problems that may arise, including:

Issues around taking a history or performing a physical examination of a patient

Communicating with patients and relatives

Difficulties with sharing information with colleagues

Medical school fitness to practise proceedings

Any criminal proceedings arising from seeing patients during your training

See our new Student Hub - to help you become the best doctor you can be.

What is a Medical Defence Organisation (MDO)?

An MDO – or medical defence organisation - provides indemnity to doctors and healthcare professionals to protect their career, reputation and finances from patient claims or complaints.

For you, it provides a range of benefits and support during your studies. You can contact us any time for advice on whistleblowing, disciplinaries, shadowing patients or other challenges you may face during your training years.

With Medical Protection you get support, advice and access to a host of resources that complement your studies and help develop your skills throughout your career.

More benefits

Good Samaritan acts

Protection for Good Samaritan acts – where you provide emergency medical assistance in a personal rather than professional capacity – worldwide

Advice and support

Guidance on ethical issues, patient safety and consent, and whistleblowing when on placement

Expert legal team

Access to a dedicated expert legal team, which may include clinical negligence attorneys, medicolegal consultants and professional claims managers

Help with unwanted media attention

Expert support including preparing statements and responding to the media on your behalf

Complaints support

Help responding to and resolving patient complaints

Advice and legal representation

You can request advice and legal representation for HPCSA investigations, disciplinary and regulatory proceedings and criminal investigations related to your professional practice

Medical Protection experts proudly support and protect members across the globe. We have members in South Africa, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Caribbean and Bermuda. That kind of expertise matters – especially when it comes to choosing the best protection for the career you’re working hard for.

And the best part? Membership is completely FREE during your time as a medical student.

Join today