takeAIM Cambridge 2018 - Speakers

A Showcase of the Speakers

Dr Alastair Gilmore - Acute Medical Consultant - Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral

Alastair works as an acute physician at Arrowe Park Hospital, Wirral and was appointed consultant in 2015 after completing higher specialist training in Acute and General Internal Medicine in the Mersey region.  Special interests include simulation-based education and point of care ultrasound. He will be presenting a masterclass on 'Human Factors on the AMU,

He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Liverpool where he is Deputy Director for Simulation for the School of Medicine.  Current projects include design and delivery of inter-professional immersive simulation and virtual reality for undergraduates with a focus on non-technical skills and human factors.  He is lead for postgraduate simulation at his trust (WUTH) where he chairs the trust simulation group and delivers a simulation program for all foundation doctors.

Alastair has been a member of the Society for Acute Medicine’s ultrasound working group since its beginnings and has helped develop the FAMUS courses and curriculum.  He is a firm believer in the use of point of care ultrasound in early diagnostics and safe procedures in acute medicine and uses it on a daily basis.  He has taught on various UK ultrasound courses and supervises doctors training towards FAMUS accreditation.  

Since 2016 he has represented the Mersey region on the Royal College of Physicians New Consultant Committee and this year took up the position of chair.  This involves representing the committee at RCP Council and organising the RCP’s national New Consultant Conference planned for June 2019.

Dr Paarul Prinja - Acute Internal Medicine and Obstetric Physician at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

Dr Paarul Prinja will be doing a great talk on 'Managing the unwell pregnant woman on the AMU'

Paarul trained in the West Midlands in Acute and General Medicine.  Throughout her training she developed an interest in focused echo and ultrasound and gained training in Intermediate intensive care.  She was also one of the founding members of takeAIM.  During this period she also developed an interest in managing medical problems in pregnancy, and formalised this training as a post CCT fellow under the guidance of Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy at St Thomas’s Hospital, London. 

Dr Nick Scriven - Acute and General Internal Medicine and Respiratory Consultant - Calerdale Royal Hospital

Nick Scriven has been a consultant in acute medicine at Halifax Hospital since 2001 and was appointed medical non-trainee representative on SAM’s council in April 2012. Nick was born and educated in Norwich and completed his studies at Leicester University. He then started working for the Nottingham registrar rotation for respiratory and general internal medicine.Nick is a keen Norwich City Football Club supporter and has a growing family with teenage children.

Nick is currently a consultant at Calderdale Royal hospital and the society of Acute Medicine’s current President. He will be opening the takeAIM National Conference in Cambridge as well as giving a session on Chest Xrays on the Acute Medical Unit.

Dr Cosmas Anazodo - Acute Medical Registrar - North West Deanery

Dr Anazodo will be doing on talk on why he chose Acute Medicine.

Cosmas is an ST6 in Acute Internal Medicine with North West HEE. He began his training in haematology oversea before coming to the UK and applied for Core Medical Training in the North West deanery.

Before taking up his position as ST3 in Acute Medicine, he already had MSc in Oncology and PGD in Diabetes with UK universities. He is currently studying PG Cert in Medical Education with the University of Manchester.

Cosmas is currently doing a stroke fellowship as part of his sub-speciality skill. There are many sub-speciality skills available to do alongside Acute Medicine – more can be found out on the day at Cambridge.

Dr Christopher Adcock - Consultant in Acute Medicine – Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Chris was awarded an RAF Cadetship whilst studying at the University of Manchester and completed Initial Officer Training in 2003 after graduation and completion of House jobs. His military and medical career developed in parallel during core training years with deployments to the Falkland Islands, Iraq and involvement with Strategic Aeromedical Evacuation (the retrieval of ill or injured service personnel from overseas to the UK). This was supported by a training programme that foreshadowed the ACCS programme and a developing philosophy for Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) as a process rather than location.

Higher specialty training in Acute Internal Medicine added experience in mentorship, teaching and curriculum development and the opportunity to become the first RAF fellow in Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine (PHEM) as the least wrong RAF medical officer in the right place at the right time. He maintained the balance between AIM and PHEM through completion of training and beyond with deployments to Afghanistan as both hospital physician and pre-hospital doctor and appointment as Lead Consultant for RAF Physician Aeromedical Evacuation.

Completion of his military career has given way to full-time Acute Medicine NHS work with interests in communication skill training, simulation, patient safety, and quality improvement. He believes that we deliver better care when happy and support creative approaches to training and life-work balance.

Dr Immo Weichert -Acute Medical Consultant in Ipswich

Immo is a an acute physician in Ipswich at the east coast of the UK. He is the vice chair of the AMGER, the Acute Medicine Group in the Eastern Region, an association of acute physicians in the UK's largest postgraduate deanery.

He is involved in international research in acute medicine and himself has recently developed an interest in mental health issues in acute medical patients, working towards a more holistic integration of medical and liaison psychiatry services.

Dr Weichert will be giving a talk on 'Liaison Psychiatry on the the AMU'

Dr Sian Coggle - Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine at CUH

Dr Sian Coggle FRCP qualified from St Mary’s Medical School in London, completing an intercalated BSc in Inflammation and Neoplasia. She then completed medical rotations in London before moving to Cambridge to undertake my specialist training in Infectious Diseases and General Internal Medicine. During this training she completed the Diploma of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then a MSc in Epidemiology, both from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Dr Coggle now works as a consultant in both the Infectious Diseases and Acute Medicine Departments at CUH. She is clinical lead for Acute Medicine, OPAT ( Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy), and Trust clinical lead for Sepsis.

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