I am currently an ST6 in Acute Internal Medicine in Mersey and have loved my training so far. As a Core Medical Trainee, I didn’t know what medical path to take – I enjoy them all! I therefore took time out and secured a LAS SpR position in Acute Medicine for a year whilst organising a job in Australia. It was during this year I decided on Acute Medicine as a career. I still went to Australia but came back to start ST3 two years later. When I’m not in work, I enjoy escaping the country or trying to keep fit by going the gym, jogging or finding where I hit my golf ball at the course.
I already knew what I wanted to do as a specialist skill and soon started a part-time Diploma in Medical Toxicology and completed this after two years. The opportunity arose during my training to undertake Focused Acute Medical UltraSound (FAMUS) and Focused Intensive Care Echocardiography (FICE) and have now completed accreditation in these. I am now a keen advocate of Point Of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) at the bedside. Acute Medicine training is so flexible and can be somewhat tailored to your interests.
I’ve no regrets with my choice and enjoy the huge variation in the job. There is great satisfaction in providing treatment to patients during their acute illness and also to facilitate ambulatory care for the patients benefit. I would definitely recommend training in Acute Internal Medicine and also the job as a career.
"I’ve no regrets with my choice and enjoy the huge variation in the job. There is great satisfaction in providing treatment to patients during their acute illness and also to facilitate ambulatory care for the patients benefit."
I am an ST3 in Acute Internal Medicine in the Oxford Deanery. I have always wanted to see a broad range of acutely unwell patients hence why I have chosen Acute Medicine! I love the breadth of conditions you come across, the ability to do loads of practical procedures and that feeling that you really are making a difference to a vast amount of people. I haven’t found any other specialty which comes close.
It still early days, but have done a PGCERT in Medical Education and have done loads of clinical simulation teaching so I hope to pursue this as my specialist interest. That being said there are so many other tempting choices like ultrasound with FAMUS/FICE, specialist interest/dual accreditation with ICU or even a management role.
Other than work I enjoy travelling to far off destinations, getting involved in charities and going to the gym. I am a massive fan of Acute Medicine as a specialty and I just want everyone to know how amazing a job it is with all the amazing opportunities it offers!
"I love the breadth of conditions you come across, the ability to do loads of practical procedures and that feeling that you really are making a difference to a vast amount of people"
I’m an ST3 in Acute Internal Medicine in South London. Acute Medicine is a specialty that never gets boring! I love the fact that each day and each take is filled with new challenges, clinical cases, and patients – all providing opportunities to learn and grow. The best part so far in my training has been working within amazing, dedicated teams. Despite working in a fast paced department, you find colleagues from the whole MDT come together to make the AMU a fun and friendly place to work.
My specialist interest is Medical Law which provides a new perspective into the legislation that guide and regulates our practice and how it is enforced. I am grateful to be training in a specialty that actively encourages us to develop broad interests – both clinical and otherwise!
I hope to spend my time as a takeAIM fellow sharing my enthusiasm for the specialty and helping connect fellow AIM trainees around the country!
"The best part so far in my training has been working within amazing, dedicated teams"
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!"