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Founded in 1788 as The Society for Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men

Today, SAMF is a growing and active mutual membership of doctors. With as many doctors joining to help their colleagues as join to receive support themselves.
The Society’s activities are overseen by our Court of Directors, which is comprised of respected medical colleagues. They meet quarterly to consider new applications for membership and requests for assistance.

The Court of Directors works closely with people applying for funds to best understand their needs and how SAMF can contribute towards a pivotal change in their circumstances.

The Society has a particular interest in helping medical students who are themselves the sons or daughters of doctors. Naturally it is hoped that they may themselves become members in due course and ensure the future of the Society.

After nearly two-and-a-half centuries providing a life-line to the people in whose hands we put our trust and lives, SAMF continues looking to the future:

Supporting doctors practically and financially in times of need

Acting quickly so members can regain their equilibrium and thrive again

Making a contribution to the medical profession

Funding colleagues in need

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Medical Society UK- SAMF History


SAMF was founded in 1788 in the Gray’s Inn Coffee House. It was originally called The Society for Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men. There being no medical women at that time.

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SAMF is stewarded by our Court of Directors who work closely with people applying for funds to understand their needs and how we can contribute. Find out more about who’s involved.