Start your medical studies off on the right foot

Student membership is free. Plus you’ll get savings on medical textbooks, Notes student journal, free indemnity for your elective and help with SJT exam preparation.

When you start clinical placements you may need advice and support. Put your mind at rest by speaking to our medico-legal experts who are doctors from a wide range of specialties.

MDU student membership is only available to medical students in the UK.

Why you should choose the MDU

What are the benefits?

  • Free Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary when you join as a fresher.
  • Stay up to date with case studies, careers advice and student articles in Notes, the MDU student journal.
  • Great savings on medical textbooks from leading publishers, plus sponsorship for student events.
  • Make light work of planning your elective with exclusive access to The Electives Network, plus free indemnity for your elective.
  • Boost your performance and get an exclusive member rate on SJT Preparation courses.
  • Assistance if you receive criticism from dealings with patients during the clinical aspects of your course.

  • Support if you face criminal investigations or proceedings arising from involvement in the care of patients.

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Free dictionary for freshers

Students applying in their first year receive the Oxford Concise Medical Dictionary.

Becoming a member

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Complete your application

Simply fill out our student application form.

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Frequently asked questions

Will you indemnify me on my elective?

One of the benefits of student membership with the MDU is free indemnity for your elective, but we also offer members exclusive access to The Electives Network (TEN).

TEN is the ultimate online elective planning resource, and as an MDU student members you can use it to find your perfect placement and make sure you’re fully prepared before you go.

How can you help me with my elective?

Before you go on your elective, it's important to make sure you have adequate indemnity in place. It’s likely your elective host will ask you for written confirmation or may even ask you to pay for professional indemnity.

We have partnered with The Electives Network (TEN) to help you plan your elective.

As well as free professional indemnity for your elective, we also provide you with:

Access to our 24-hour medico-legal advisory helpline.

All members can receive professional indemnity for Good Samaritan acts worldwide. This means providing clinical services related to a clinical emergency, accident or disaster when you are present as a bystander.

Visit here for more information.

Why do I need membership?

We support members throughout their careers - not just in times of crisis. For students, this means access to services and resources that will help you make the most of your student years.

MDU student membership, which is available only to medical students in the UK, is free and provides access to a wide range of services and support to assist you throughout your studies, in addition to the core benefits of membership.  

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