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Welcome to Derby Medical Society!

Welcome to the Derby Medical Society website. The society was founded in 1862 for the purpose of bringing together medical practitioners from the many diverse branches of medicine to discuss the medical science of the day and to present and discuss cases of interest to its members.

To this day, the society maintains the spirit and motivation of its founders through the presentation of a yearly lecture series featuring keynote speakers from all walks of medicine, many of whom have world renowned reputations in their field. Additionally, the society has a proud tradition of supporting the medical community through its long standing association with the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund and through the provision of bursaries and awards for medical students and trainees.


The Derby Medical Society was founded in 1862. One of its founders, William Ogle (1824-1905) was Derby’s first Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a longstanding Physician to what came to be known as the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. Of historical importance are the letters that Ogle wrote to Florence Nightingale during the expansion of the Infirmary. Her correspondence to him is preserved in the British Library’s Nightingale Papers.

The presidential Jewel of the Society incorporates the arms of the Ogle family, with those of the City of Derby and Derbyshire County Council.

Dr Stuart Holloway MA FRCGP, President 2017-18, introduced a new motto for the society at his inaugural address on October 11th 2017: ‘Causa studium medicinae sequendi’ (‘Enabling curiosity in medicine’, or literally, ‘For the sake of pursuing zeal for medicine’).

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Grave of Dr. William Ogle


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