John Hunter, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, has been elected an honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Dr. Hunter received the fellowship during a ceremony in Scotland – cementing his place in an international network of over 17,000 Fellows and Members, with a history dating back to 1505.
“For a surgeon, receiving an ad hominem membership to the oldest and most venerable College of Surgeons in the world is equivalent to a college professor receiving an honorary doctorate from Oxford,” said Dr. Hunter. “I am humbled by this honor.”
According to the College, the Fellowship ad hominem can be awarded by the Council of the College either to Fellows of sister organizations or to current or former practitioners whose status is such that they are deemed worthy of the honor. Fellows ad hominem have the full rights and privileges of ordinary Fellows.
Only half of the College’s Fellows and Members live in the British Isles. Membership is synonymous with the purpose of the College, which is to maintain and promote the highest standards of surgical practice and surgical training. Until very recently, the College had focused almost entirely on the setting of standards and the conduct of examinations designed to ensure that these standards are being maintained. Today the College is increasingly concerned with the provision of surgical education and training in addition to maintaining and enhancing its historic role.