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Our Mission

We are driving an attitude change towards rare diseases amongst medical students and doctors in training.

With over 7000 rare diseases, it’s impossible to know about all of them. However it is possible for doctors to:
  • Appreciate that rare diseases are collectively common
  • Recognise the exceptional challenges faced by patients with rare diseases
M4RD provides education and practical tools targeted at medical professionals, enabling them to reduce the diagnostic odyssey and improve the patient experience.

Medical Schools

We help medical students create their own rare disease societies and events

Competitions

Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities for doctors and medical students

Events

M4RD can help find speakers for and promote an event at your medical school or hospital

Learning Resources

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1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their lives Source: Rare Disease UK

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Show your support for Rare Disease Day!

Rare Disease Day is the globally-coordinated movement on rare diseases, working towards equity in social opportunity, healthcare, and access to diagnosis and therapies for people living with a rare disease. By Sharing your colours via social media, events, illuminating buildings, monuments and homes, by sharing experiences online and with friends, by calling on policy makers and shining the light on people living with a rare disease, collectively we aim to change and improve lives of the 300 million people worldwide.

Would you like to donate to Medics 4 Rare Diseases?

Our work is for the benefit of everyone with rare diseases and their communities. By preparing doctors to diagnose and manage rare conditions, M4RD is improving the patient experience. Help us grow so we can achieve our ultimate goal – mandatory medical education in rare disease at an undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Rare Disease 101

This is the first online module of its type. Rare Disease 101 is aimed at medical professionals with little prior knowledge in rare diseases. It consists of the basic principles of what rare disease is, how you may suspect a rare disease, challenges faced by those living with a rare disease and how to support them. Plus more!

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Looking for a Rare Disease Resource? Browse, search and contribute to our growing database. Visit the Resources menu above.

Posted 2 years ago

Abstract: This article presents an approach to "thinking genetically" in primary care. Busy practitioners often...

 Journals and Articles / 1077 views / Popular

Posted 3 weeks ago

Addison’s Disease is a rare endocrine condition where the adrenal glands cease to function, so that your...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 33 views

Posted 3 weeks ago

Behçet’s UK represents all Behçet’s patients in the UK including those yet to be diagnosed. We...

 Patient Groups /  UK / 26 views