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Volunteers needed to look after the database, website and office PC in the medium to long term

The Society's IT has been managed for many years by one Fellow who now wishes to retire and Council would welcome offers of assistance from Fellows or Members who would be willing personally to look after one or more of these areas for a period of years.


This is perhaps the least onerous of the three items and one which can be managed from home. It would be necessary for the database manager to house securely two small servers in his/her home and to have or acquire a fixed IP address. A desire for perfection would be an advantage.

The present database is internet based and has been developed over the past nine years to suit our needs. It is stable and is unlikely to need major modification unless there are changes in the structure of the Society. The Society Administrator looks after the day to day management but it is useful to have the data checked, and the database manager's administrative account must be used for a small number of operations.


This can also be managed from home but involves somewhat more work than the database particularly at times of change in Council membership, preparation for the new lecture session, and publication of the Journal.

The website has been written directly in html which is somewhat awkward to deal with but which results in a smaller and therefore faster page.

The Office PC

At present this is managed by visiting the Council room every two to four weeks to backup the system and maintain the software. The hardware is a few years old but is working well. Attendance is also required should a problem arise.

Please contact the Honorary Secretary if you are interested in one or more of these positions.

Welcome to the Society

The Ulster Medical Society is a general medical society based in Northern Ireland. Full membership is open to all medical practitioners who are registered or eligibile to be registered, student membership is open to medical students, and associate membership is available to other health professionals such as nurses who are registered or eligible to be registered.

The objects of the Society are to improve the care of the sick and to promote and advance health and medical science by widening, improving and developing the education and knowledge of all concerned in medical matters.

In furtherance of these objects we publish the Ulster Medical Journal in three issues annually and arrange a series of lectures starting in October and ending in March or April.

The Society is registered with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland. Our Charity Registration Number is NIC104845.

Through the kindness of the Queen's University of Belfast the Society has its own rooms in the Whitla Medical Building, Lisburn Road, Belfast.

Joining the Society

If you are not a member of the Ulster Medical Society, we would appeal to you to give the question of joining your consideration. By doing so you will enable us to widen its influence and sphere of usefulness still further, and we would hope that you would benefit from the meetings, journal and social contacts.



The Council of the Ulster Medical Society consists of the President, the office-bearers and six members. All posts are honorary. Elections to Council are held during the Annual General Meeting in May and the President is installed during the opening meeting in October.

Presidential Posts  2017 – 2018

President:Ms A Carragher
Past President:Professor PJ Morrison
President Elect:  Dr RGP Watson

Council Members  2017 – 2018

Secretary:Dr A Keaney
Assistant Secretary:  Mr FG McGinnity
Treasurer:Dr K Savage
Assistant Treasurer:  Dr FJ Stewart
Editor:Dr JA Purvis
Archivist:Dr CW Mathews
Recruitment Secretary:    Dr R Smith
Junior Member:Dr J Thompson
Members 2015/18:Mr E Mackle, Ms A Carragher
Members 2016/19:Dr RL Miller, Dr JC McMillan
Members 2017/18:Dr GM Walls, Dr GM Gallagher


The Society Administrator is Mrs Kathy Clarke.

The future

Council is keen to see the Society thrive in the Third Millennium. Any member with suggestions for ways in which the Society could be improved is encouraged to speak or write to anyone on Council.

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