I am currently an ST3 in Acute Internal Medicine in the West of Scotland. Initially, I found choosing a specialty challenging as I enjoyed almost every rotation during core medical training. Whilst undertaking a clinical fellow post in Infectious Diseases, I realised that the aspect I enjoyed most was the detective work and making a diagnosis. This was a bit of a “light bulb moment” - I realised it was the acute aspects of other specialties that I had enjoyed most. I applied for Acute Medicine and haven’t looked back – I love the mix of ambulatory care and managing more unwell patients in a dynamic and evolving specialty.
One of the unique aspects of AIM is that you can choose a specialist skill. There are plenty of options – there really is something for everyone! My specialist skill is quality improvement: I have always been interested in quality improvement and how that can provide real, positive change to patients, their journey through the hospital and the systems we work in. I am able to support junior colleagues in conceptualising projects as well as leading my own improvement ventures. Ultimately, I strive to see a repository of QI projects so that we can share learning and successes between hospitals and health boards.
I genuinely believe that AIM offers something for everyone and I look forward to sharing that enthusiasm with other trainees. Whether it’s the breadth of presentations, the practical procedures or the opportunity to influence the patient journey from the very beginning, every day is unique and rewarding.
Outside of medicine, I am a keen baker – I love trying new recipes and bringing the results into work. I am also a big musical fan and get to the theatre as often as I can!
"I am delighted to be the first takeAIM fellow in Scotland so I can help lead the growth in this evolving specialty north of the border."
I am an ST5 in Acute Medicine in West Yorkshire. I was lured into acute medicine during my CT1 year, by one of my predecessors as a takeAIM fellow! I had thought about a couple of other specialties, however had been left disillusioned after doing placements in these. I realised that the days at work that I looked forward to were my days on call in acute medicine. I was persuaded to attend a takeAIM evening and I haven't looked back since!
I love the variety that acute medicine offers; both in terms of the patients we see and the people we work with. Being based in AMU is a great way to get to know people from all different specialties as well as the MDT based on the ward. Acute medicine is a great learning environment and I really enjoy the fact that I get to meet trainees who rotate through while on call and share my enthusiasm for medicine with them (I'm a geek at heart).
The opportunity to pursue a special skill is a great benefit to being an acute medicine registrar. I have chosen palliative care, as I feel there is such a massive opportunity to improve palliative and end of life care for patients admitted acutely at the end of their lives. I've been able to suggest my own way of pursuing my special skill (practical rather than diploma) and have had this approved; demonstrating the flexibility of acute medicine training and the willingness of those responsible for the curriculum to consider ideas from trainees.
Outside of medicine I have a variety of interests, including hiking and playing hockey for my local club. I love spending time in the kitchen and my 2019 New Year's resolution (which is still going strong) was to try a new recipe every week. This often goes down well on the ward!
"I have chosen palliative care, as I feel there is such a massive opportunity to improve palliative and end of life care for patients admitted acutely at the end of their lives."
I am currently an ST3 in Acute Internal Medicine in the East Midlands Deanery. I fell in love with Acute Medicine whilst training in Internal Medicine back in my home country of Bangladesh. This is where I realized just how important the first few days of a patient’s admission in hospital are and where I also realized just how massive a role acute medicine can play in ensuring a good outcome for patients by delivering quality and often life saving treatment to them during those first few crucial days in their hospital stay. These experiences of mine back home made me fall in deep love with acute medicine as a specialty, a passion which has only increased more and more as years have gone by.
I am of the strong belief that Acute Medicine as a specialty can make a massive difference not only within but beyond the UK as well. One of my main career aims is to play a part in helping to develop, promote, popularize and expand Acute Medicine as a specialty beyond the UK, especially to the developing countries of the world.
I have obtained a Pg Cert degree in Critical Care and I am also working as an RCP Associate College Tutor. I have authored a book called ‘Acute Medicine in Ward’, two editions of which have been published so far, which is meant to help young trainees in Bangladesh manage acutely ill medical patients with the local facilities available. I am currently pursuing a specialist skill in Focused Echocardiogram(FICE) and alongside that, I am learning Focused Ultrasound (FAMUS) as well. I also absolutely love teaching, especially the various topics on Acute Medicine.
Outside work, I love spending as much time as possible with my family and friends and love reading fiction. I am a big fan of Manchester United and try to make it a point that, work permitting, I do not miss a single match they play!
"I am of the strong belief that Acute Medicine as a specialty can make a massive difference not only within but beyond the UK as well."
I am ST4 in Acute Internal Medicine in Severn deanery and can honestly say my role as an Acute Medicine Registrar for the last 18 months has been even better than I’d hoped! I chose Acute Internal Medicine because it suits my personality and after considering a few other options nothing else seemed to fit. I like being busy, I love using my practical skills and teaching others but mostly its that the Acute Medicine take is where all the interesting stuff happens and that's where I want to be!
My specialist skill is point of care ultrasound as its both incredibly useful everyday on AMU and I believe it will be used more and more in the near future. As a career AIM appealed due to this integrated specialist skill training and the flexibility to pursue other opportunities such as mentoring, teaching, out of programme experiences including the chief registrar program and fellowships like this where I get to spend a year sharing my love of AIM!
Always having someone to hand over to means I can leave work behind at the end of each day. I spend my free time walking my beautiful sprocker spaniel, climbing, socialising and planning my next travel adventure!
"I love using my practical skills and teaching others but mostly its that the Acute Medicine take is where all the interesting stuff happens and that's where I want to be!"
I am an ST3 in Acute Medicine in the North West (Mersey) Deanery. I recently relocated from the Republic of Ireland to the Mersey region particularly to do this rapid growing enthusiastic specialty. As an Acute physician in training, I really enjoy the sense of uncertainty and the detective work we do in a daily basis to discover what is wrong with people, and how their disease could be treated effectively and efficiently in the right time and place, and of course supervised by the right person. The dynamic life of an acute physician makes it very appealing for those who likes to see something new every day. It is absolutely the most rewarding specialty you could every work in.
My specialist skill in Acute Medicine is Medical Education, I am enrolled in a part time 3 years medical education programme beside my clinical job. I like teaching colleagues; I feel it is the best way to keep the ones knowledge updated and consolidated. Acute Medical Units provide a superb setting to do bedside clinical teachings. I also aspire to do dual training in Intensive Care Medicine, another fast-evolving specialty that deals with the same cohort of sick patients we see in medical units but at a higher level. The beauty of this specialty is that you have a wide spectrum of special interests that you could do, the programme directors are always supportive and helping you to find out what you need to succeed.
Outside Medicine, I enjoy theater, I like documentaries. I am also a big football fan supporting Liverpool FC (it makes sense why I am in Mersey!). In addition to this, I am an animal right’s advocate and participate in charities for animal welfare.
"My specialist skill in Acute Medicine is Medical Education, I am enrolled in a part time 3 years medical education programme beside my clinical job."
I am an ST5 in Acute Internal Medicine in Wales and couldn’t be happier with my choice of career. I have a passion for all things medical and the AIM training programme offers great variety, is stimulating and is providing me with the opportunity to truly tailor my training to fit my interests. I am particularly interested in stroke and acute neurology and as a result will be starting a fellowship in stroke medicine in August.
As well as pursuing stroke medicine as a specialist skill, the AIM training programme has given me opportunities to develop several other skills. I have completed level 1 pleural training and am in the process of becoming accredited in focused echocardiography. AIM is unique in the breadth of training offered and rotations in respiratory medicine, tertiary cardiology and tertiary critical care have given me the chance to polish these skills.
Alongside these opportunities, I really enjoy the social nature of being an acute medic - we interact with almost all other specialties, members of the multidisciplinary team and rarely work alone. This is something that attracted me to the specialty and as a result I really enjoy going to work every day!
Outside of medicine, I love playing badminton and am an avid crocheter. I believe that Acute Medicine is the perfect fit for me and would recommend it to anyone as a career!
"As well as pursuing stroke medicine as a specialist skill, the AIM training programme has given me opportunities to develop several other skills."
I am an ST3 in Acute Medicine North Central/North East London. I, like many core medical trainees was unsure what specialty to pursue after finishing my core training. I loved every specialty but none quite enoughto make that specialty my sole career choice. Luckily, I happened to be at a hospital with several new acute medical consultants who highlighted acute medicine to me as a specialty. After attending a TakeAim conference, my mind was set - I knew this was the specialty for me!
Acute medicine is a great specialty for those who love a bit of everything. Within the training you rotate amongst a number of specialties – cardiology, respiratory and geriatrics to name a few. You learn a variety of practical procedures and unlike other specialties- there are no clinics! Acute medicine is also one of the few specialties that can dual train with intensive care and for me this was especially important as I have always wanted to dual train and have just gotten my ICM number. I hope having both an acute medicine and an intensive care background will make me an unstoppable force when it comes to managing the acute take. In addition, I hope having an increasingnumber of dual trainees will push the way forward for more medical high dependency units, so we can manage more sick people on the medical wards without having to send them to intensive care!
Outside medicine, I love to travel and it is my hope thatone day I will be able to take my medical career abroad, potentially getting involved in medical relief work in the future.
"After attending a TakeAim conference, my mind was set - I knew this was the specialty for me!"