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USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology Professor Kelvin J. A. Davies was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in a ceremony at the Royal College in Edinburgh, Scotland on March 2, 2018.

During the ceremony, he was introduced to the President, Council Members, and other Fellows; signed the Fellows’ Roll of Honor; and subscribed to the Fellows’ Obligation. Davies, who holds the James E. Birren Chair in Gerontology, is Vice Dean of the Leonard Davis School of Gerontology (Dean of Research and Dean of Academic and Faculty Affairs) and is a Professor of Molecular and Computational Biology in the Biological Sciences Department of the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.

According to the rules of the Royal College, “Fellowship in the Royal College is an honorific reserved for persons of exceptional distinction who have made major and significant contributions to the practice or science of medicine, and is only conferred following submission of appropriate nomination materials by existing Fellows, followed by review and a full vote of the appropriate committees and the Council.”

Davies described himself as being, “Pleased as punch by the great honor being bestowed upon me.” He is now entitled to use the post nominals “FRCP Edin” after his name.

The Royal College promotes the education and training of physicians and medical scientists and is one of the three organizations that sets the specialty training standards for physicians in the United Kingdom. The Royal College organizes events, courses, training, and research throughout the UK and the world and includes 12,000 members in 91 countries worldwide, of whom only a small fraction are elevated to Fellows status.

Above: Davies (left) receives his Fellowship scroll from Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh President Professor Derek Bell (in ceremonial robes of office). Behind is the scepter of the Royal College (photo: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh).

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