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With tuition fees in the UK now amongst the highest in the world, we like to try and lighten the load.

Not only is our student membership completely free but one lucky new member will win their first year’s tuition fees, easing the financial burden after graduation.

Give yourself the best start to a great medical career and be in with a chance of winning by joining today.

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Membership is more than indemnity

Indemnity probably doesn’t feel very relevant to you right now. Your university will have told you to join a medical defence organisation, but you’re still a few years away from really worrying about claims and complaints from patients.

When you’re a part of Medical Protection you get support to be the best doctor you can be. You’re part of a member-owned, not-for-profit organisation made up of fellow doctors. We can be there if something goes wrong, and we help you develop your skills throughout your career too.

So why be a member of Medical Protection? Because membership isn’t just about indemnity.

We’re the only UK defence organisation with members all over the world. And that kind of expertise matters, especially if you’re thinking about going abroad for your elective.

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What do you get from membership?

Joining Medical Protection is completely free while you’re studying. Being a student member means you get great benefits to support you and your studies.

  • Get up to 25% off on a wide range of medical textbooks including Oxford University Press and Wisepress.
  • Add to your growing expertise with our risk management courses. Choose from accessible online learning, webinars or in-person workshops presented by experienced doctors.
  • If something goes wrong, don’t worry. Your membership means you have the right to request assistance for complaints and claims that arise from your clinical practice.


  • Everyone needs someone to talk to every now and again, so you can always call one of our team for expert medicolegal advice. There’s even out-of-hours help in an emergency.
  • Your membership goes beyond just clinical negligence claims. Don’t forget that you can also ask for help for disciplinary procedures, regulatory issues, police investigations and inquests.
  • Whatever issue you’re facing, there are a huge number of medicolegal articles and case reports available to you in our online archive.
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"An F1 friend of mine was involved in a patient incident where a patient unfortunately died. It wasn’t his fault but he didn’t remember the details he’d written in the notes. He was called to a hearing at his hospital and my advice to him was to call Medical Protection as they deal with situations such as this, and will likely offer advice. Mistakes happen…we’re only human and whether it’s your mistake, someone else's, or a system error, you’re able to pick up the phone and talk to an expert.

He was given sound advice on who to take to his hearing, what to say, what his next steps would be and when to take them. Medical Protection were extremely helpful, and the advice took a weight off his shoulders and helped him through the whole situation."


Whether you choose to stay in the UK or travel abroad for your elective, you’re in for an exciting and challenging time. This will be your first chance to exercise the skills and knowledge you’ve learned over the last few years, and to experience life in a new environment.

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Amazing elective, taking it all in sat in an old colonial coffee plantation with a beer looking down over a rainforest is one of the best memories of my medical school days. Remember to check your change, don’t have ice in your drinks, don’t eat salad, you can stay vegetarian if needed, and don’t eat roadside food. You’ll still get ill!
Paul, elective in South East Asia/Australia

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