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About the MMS

By-Laws of the Manchester Medical Society.  The Society was formed in 1834 and reconstituted in 1950 when the original Society amalgamated with the Pathological Society of Manchester, the Manchester Surgical Society, the Manchester and District Society of Anaesthetists and the Manchester Odontological Society.

The Section of General Practice was formed in 1951 (in 1999 the name was changed to the Section of Primary Care), the Section of Paediatrics in 1964, the Section of Psychiatry in 1970, and the Section of Community Medicine in 1976.

In 1992 the Section of Paediatrics and the Manchester Paediatric Club amalgamated.

In 2000 the Section of Imaging was formed and at the Annual General Meeting on the 23rd October 2013 the formation of a new Section of Emergency Medicine was approved.

Trustee selection methods

Trustees are elected at the Annual General Meeting from Fellows and Life Fellows of the Society. Trustees are elected for a term of three years but are eligible for re-election at the end of each term. No trustee shall serve in the same post for more than two terms of office.

Organisational structure

The Council function as the management committee and, as charity trustees, have control of the Society and are responsible for its property and funds.

The Council consists of the president, immediate past president, president-elect, chairman, honorary secretary, honorary treasurer, media trustee, two investment trustees, two ordinary members of council and two members nominated by the Council of the University of Manchester.

Objectives and activities of the Manchester Medical Society


The cultivation and promotion of all branches of Medicine and of all related sciences, including the continued support of the Medical Library founded by the original Manchester Medical Society and presented to the Victoria University in 1930.



In pursuance of its objectives, the Society arranges, with the assistance of the Councils of the Sections, a comprehensive programme of meetings and seminars during the University of Manchester academic year. In addition, the Society promotes and supports a number of meetings in collaboration with other bodies on subjects which fall within the remit of its objectives. The majority of educational meetings are approved for Continuing Medical Education.


Activities undertaken for public benefit in relation to objects

Manchester Medical Society is a major provider of Continuing Medical Education (CME), providing local, high-quality meetings with speakers of national and international renown, therefore providing an opportunity for significant savings within the NHS.

The Society organises an annual Christmas Lecture for Young People, for those aged approximately 15—18 years as an introduction to medicine. These lectures are always popular and well-attended by schools in the area.   

The Society, in collaboration with The University of Manchester Medical School, and the Manchester Medical Careers Society, organises an annual medical careers fair to which all medical students are invited. Its aims are to improve the medical student experience whilst at the University of Manchester; expose medical students to eminent Manchester-based clinicians and research specialists and to provide career guidance. The afternoon consists of interactive career drop-in sessions and skills workshops covering a wide variety of topics.

If you would like to know more about the activities of the Manchester Medical Society and its sections please read our Financial Report for 2022-23 or Annual Report and Accounts 2022-23