The History of AIM

A brief overview of AIM's history

The History

Acute Medicine is the speciality which provides assessment and treatment for adult patients with medical conditions when they are first admitted to hospital.

The idea was conceived in 1999 – but has grown rapidly over the past decade.There are now over 450 consultants specialising in Acute Medicine across the UK and over 225 hospitals have an Acute Medical Unit (AMU).

The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) is committed to supporting AMUs in providing high quality care for patients.

Development of AIM as a specialty

The career prospects for AIM are almost unrivalled. The 2015 census conducted by the RCP London shows Acute Medicine having the largest increase in consultant posts, with a dramatic 33% expansion.

Over the last 12 years we have seen significant changes in the way acute care is delivered and in the team that delivers it. The presence of Acute Physicians in hospitals with unscheduled care has been shown to reduce mortality risk and the length of stay while in hospital, without increasing readmission rates.

AIM is a young specialty that is rapidly expanding and evolving to become a major player in the future provision of health care in the UK. The clinical leadership and management of a highly specialised multidisciplinary team providing unscheduled care is a vital skill of the Acute Physician.

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AIM physicians provide initial assessment, investigation, diagnosis and management of patients who have an acute medical illness within the first 72 hours of their hospital stay.
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