The Section of Anaesthesia within the Manchester Medical Society is the lineal descendant of the Manchester and District Society of Anaesthetists which came into being in 1945. It became one of the sections of the re-formed Manchester Medical Society in 1950 when the Manchester and District Society of Anaesthetists became incorporated into the Society. The objects of the Section are to spread the knowledge and enhance the practice of anaesthesia; to afford a medium for the exchange of ideas; and to promote harmony and good fellowship among anaesthetists.
The Section runs three meetings per year. One of the meetings incorporates the annual trainee’s prize and another precedes the annual Robbie McKendrick trainees’ audit prize meeting. In addition, there is an annual joint meeting with the Liverpool Society of Anaesthetists and a joint meeting with the Yorkshire Society of Anaesthetists every other year. Members of the Section are also entitled to attend meetings of all other Sections of the Society.
Venues for the meetings vary across the North West Region and afford an excellent opportunity to obtain local continuous medical education at reasonable rates. Unfortunately, with the inevitable decline in commercial sponsorship, the increased cost of catering, venue hire, the Section has reluctantly taken the decision to charge modest fees for meetings although these are at a discounted rate for members of the Society.
Benefits of membership
Membership of the Society confers the following benefits:
•An opportunity to meet and network with colleagues across the North West Region and beyond.
•Discounted rates for meetings.
•Quality local and national speakers and local CME.
•(Trainees only) Eligibility to enter for the annual trainees’ prize (currently 1st and 2nd prizes £250 and £100 respectively).
•Access to a secure area of the website to view presentations of missed meetings and presentations from other sections.
Eligibility for a University of Manchester Library card (currently the Society does not have access to library literature search facilities).
As far as possible the Section Council attempts to arrange stimulating and interesting meetings covering all aspects of anaesthesia. Inevitably the Section Council cannot be aware of all current topics that may be of interest to members and the names of potential speakers. If any Society members have any suggestions for future meetings or the contact details of potential speakers they are encouraged to contact the Section or Society Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org