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Support for Medical Students Facing Hardship

The British Medical Association has welcomed the new guidance that aimed at supporting medical students facing stress or financial hardship.

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has published the updated guidelines and information on managing the emotional pressures of studying and how to seek financial support.

The Vital Signs for Medical Students, an online document, outlines when and why medical students are likely to face issues such as stress and anxiety. The online document is a downloadable guide that explains how students can recognise problems and seek to manage this and where they can turn for additional support.

Now, the students facing economic concerns can access an interactive budgeting tool on the RMBF website, along with information on how they can access help such as maintenance grant funding.

The British Medical Association itself provides complete guidance on financial challenges and the mental and emotional pressures faced by the students, with the association’s charity trust fund offering a range of yearly and one off grants to both students and doctors.

Steve Crone, the chief executive of RMBF said that hundreds of students have already accessed to the online support. In 2012, the RMBF started providing help to medical students and have seen their support has made vast difference to the lives of dozens of student beneficiaries, and hundreds more have accessed their online resources.

He further added that there are many more students out there who are struggling against unexpected hardship. RMBF wants to reach to as many students in difficulty as they can, and they have built key relationships with the UK medical schools to make sure that all medical students can access to their help in times of crisis.

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