Who We Are

Founded in 1832. We currently have approximately 300 members most of whom are medical practitioners. We have rooms in the Centre of York that have been used by the society since 1944.


Welcome to our Society and Website! The information on our events and meetings are detailed here, and we hope that you will be able to come to some, or perhaps all of them.

We trust that you will find an interesting mix of topics and speakers; covering, as they do, a range of subjects and bringing a wealth of expertise to the Society.

Our fortnightly meetings are relaxed, informative and fun.

There is the opportunity to share a glass of wine before and perhaps a meal afterwards with colleagues and friends both old and new. Then there is always the opportunity to join our Wine Society.

Our wonderful Rooms are available for hire and are perfect for meetings ranging from business lunches to social occasions and have access to our perfect walled garden hidden behind medieval walls. Specialised catering is always an option.

York Medical Society is one of the oldest in the country and it continues to thrive.

It is an environment removed from the workplace, and a rare opportunity to socialize across specialities in relaxed surroundings whether at one of the meetings or just to call in whilst in York.

We welcome those who have lived and worked in York for some time, as well as those new to the area who wish to get to know more about the people and place.

It is a good formula that continues to work well.

We hope you find it an invaluable means of keeping up with former colleagues, meeting doctors still at work and getting to know and welcoming those new to the area.

An interest in medicine is lifelong.

Dr Tim Hughes
President 2024-25

Benefits of Membership

  • Thriving Friday evening meetings with medical and non-medical themed talks suitable for all, welcome drink and chance to stay for dinner
  • Guests welcome
  • HYMS Students and Doctors in training in particular very welcome-membership free!
  • Chance to meet the faces behind the letters, GP and hospital staff are members
  • Regular social programme including black tie annual dinner, Burns supper and visits
  • Annual oration by an eminent invited speaker
  • Access to the sanctuary of the garden and library, with coffee maker and peace and quiet
  • Reduced room rates for parties or events for family and friends
  • Travel bursaries and annual prize for presentation of original research
  • Access to our valuable archive of medical texts kept in University of York Library
  • Regular updates by email

Who can join?

  • Registered medical practitioners from York and surrounding area
  • Associates – professionals with a qualification allied to medicine
  • Retired registered medical practitioners and associates
  • Junior doctors in hospital and general practice
  • Medical students
  • Registered medical practitioners serving with HM forces within the York area


Annual Membership Rates

Working doctors and associates – £100.00
Retired doctors and associates – £60.00
Junior doctors – £20.00
Medical students – Free
Trainees and HM forces doctors – FREE



For further details on membership of the York Medical Society please contact:

The Manager, York Medical Society, 23 Stonegate, York YO1 8AW
Tel: 01904 849821 e-mail: yorkmedicalsociety@gmail.com


How you can support the Society’s work

Legacies and DOnations

You can support the Society’s charitable work with a donation or a legacy. This could increase the number of our existing bursaries or endow a new named bursary, or it could increase the range of our charitable work.

If you are thinking of leaving a legacy, or wish to commemorate a loved one in some similar, philanthropic way, we can share our expertise and contacts to help you set it up.