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Resources for BMA members

BMA Members are able to keep abreast of the latest developments through their free BMJ (both in print and online). If, after going through the steps below, you still have problems loggin in online, contact BMJ Group's dedicated customer services team on +44 (0) 20 7383 6270 or via this online form.

Access The BMJ

BMA members can access at no cost if they have registered at the BMA's website.

If you have not yet registered at the BMA's website
You will need your BMA membership number or GMC number, plus the postcode from your membership record (ie that to which your print issue of The BMJ is sent). When you register you will be asked to choose a username and password. By ticking the remember me box you will not have to enter your details on subsequent visits. Click here to register.

If you have already registered at the BMA's website
Use your existing BMA username and password to access If you cannot remember your username and password click here.

How to access articles behind access control
When you reach a closed area of you will first need to click on the ‘Login for BMA Members’ link (see image).

BMA login

Then log in using your BMA username and password. Tick the remember me option to get immediate access to the full contents of on subsequent visits.

BMA membership does not confer access rights to other journals published by BMJ.

If you have questions or problems please email us at

BMA library's Medline + service

To search Medline Plus please log in to the BMA library website. When logged in you can access Medline Plus at any point in the website by selecting the Medline link in the blue menu at top right of the screen.

For more information on Medline Plus, see our frequently asked questions page. If this doesn't have your answer, please contact the Medline Plus help desk, telephone 020 7383 6582 or via email and quote your BMA membership number.

Please be warned that although Medline Plus is a very powerful search tool, searches carried out using the system will not be able to retrieve all that has been published on a particular subject.

For example, an inexperienced searcher may find only 15% of the total available information in Medline (only 50% of which may in fact be included in the database), a professional searcher only 45% of the total available information. [Ref: Haynes RB, McKibbon KA, Walker CJ, Ryan N, Fitzgerald D, Ramsden MF. Online access to Medline in clinical settings. A study of use and usefulness. Ann Intern Med. 1990 Jan 1;112(1):78-84.]

Abstracts may fail to include essential details contained in the full text of the articles referenced.