Medical Students

Membership of the British Geriatrics Society is open to all medical students, student nurses, student therapists, nurses and AHPs in a preceptor year and Foundation Year doctors based in the United Kingdom and is completely FREE.

As a medical doctor, regardless of almost any specialty, you are likely to encounter a large number of older people with frailty and/or multimorbidity. Sixty-two percent of hospital bed days were occupied by older patients (those aged 65 or over) in 2014-15: There was an 18 per cent increase in emergency admission of older people between 2010-11 and 2014-15 (12% increase for whole population). [Source: National Audit Office: Discharging older patients from hospital 2015]

Undergraduate Medical, Nurse and AHP students receive a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Digital subscription to our high impact factor scientific journal, Age & Ageing
  • Networking with other specialists and experts in the care of older people - in person at conferences, as well as via a members directory and forum
  • Discounts on fees for BGS events (saving up to £150 per event)
  • Grants to attend BGS conferences and volunteering opportunities to support conference delivery
  • Career development opportunities 
  • The BGS runs an annual essay prize competition and encourages students to present their research at its bi-annual scientific conference.

Click here to join.
Please try to use a non- University email address when joining as Free membership can continue into your Foundation Years as medics and Preceptorship year as Nurse or AHP


BGS membership has been a crucial influence in my career. Our events, newsletter and journal help keep me abreast of new research evidence and innovations in services across the UK. I’ve used these to improve care for my own patients and leadership for my own service. In leadership roles within the BGS, I’ve also enjoyed our ability to raise the profile of good care for older people.

Professor David Oliver Clinical Director, Berkshire, Past BGS President and incoming President of the Royal College of Physicians

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As a Nurse, AHP, Trainee or Medical Student you may be eligible to apply for a grant to attend our Spring Meeting for free. Click here for more information.

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