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!"
I'm Louise, 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 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