The Triple Qualification Schedule of Elsie Inglis

The Triple Qualification Schedule of Elsie Inglis – RCSEd Library & Archive

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) Library and Archive

Inglis_Elsie Elsie Inglis, surgeon, suffragette and founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals of the First World War

To coincide with a talk by Iain Macintyre on 5th August at Edinburgh’s Central Library on surgical pioneer Elsie Inglis (as part of the public engagement programme on women and warfare run by our colleagues at the Museum) this week’s Archive blog offers a snapshot into Inglis’ path to medical and surgical qualification through the Scottish Triple Qualification (TQ).

An extension of the Double Qualification in Medicine and Surgery of 1859, the TQ Diploma was offered jointly by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd), Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) and the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (FPSG, later RCPSG).

The Diploma survived until 1993, with its longevity owing much to its flexibility in accommodating a diverse range of candidates hoping to pursue an alternative to university education; for instance, doctors arriving in…

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