WHO WE ARE

The Society is one of the oldest membership societies assisting doctors and the families of doctors in times of hardship. As such we have many years of experience and total flexibility. We are a mutual provident fund with charitable status that allows us to use funds surplus to the needs of our own members to help other doctors and their necessitous dependants.

The Society was founded as The Society for Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men in 1788.  It is a registered charity and it is governed by its Royal Charter, Supplemental Royal Charter and By-Laws.  However as times have changed we have been able to expand our areas of help and have now adopted the new “working name” of Society for Assistance of Medical Families , which better describes our work and aims.

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WHAT WE DO

SAMF supports medical practitioners and/or their families who find themselves in severe financial hardship. We work with members and applicants to understand and to help fund the assistance they may need to make a pivotal change to their circumstances.

There are a number of ways we help:
Help with unexpected expenses during times of financial hardship.
Financial assistance for the expenses of further education, particularly medical degrees.
Retraining expenses for those who need to take a new career path, or who have had an enforced break through illness etc.
Help towards home improvements and adaptations for disabled, where these are not covered by State Benefits.
Referral to our money advisor for help with budgeting and rearranging expenditure and debts.
Vouchers for household expenses where there is a temporary reduction in income and there is difficulty in covering costs.
Help with the expenses of courses and examinations to enable those in financial difficulty to progress in their career.

It should be noted that The Society does not normally help with private school fees or with legal costs.

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WHY DOCTORS SHOULD JOIN US

Whilst we are primarily here to support our members we would like to think that doctors also join the Society in order to assist their colleagues experiencing unexpected hardship.

“I joined as soon as I qualified. Fortunately I have never needed to apply for help but it was always re-assuring to know that the Society was there for my wife and family should misfortune strike”
“None of us knows what is around the corner and membership of the Society might be able to help in cases where no other source of help would be available”
“Serious illness, particularly in the early years after qualifying, can be devastating to family finances, often at a time when other financial commitments are at their greatest.”
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EXAMPLES OF HOW WE HAVE HELPED

“When my Doctor father passed away suddenly while he was abroad I was left with no means of support while his affairs were settled. The Society provided me with financial assistance that enabled me to continue my studies.”
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