Appointed in August 2015 we set up the takeAIM initiative. We had the pleasure of spreading the word about Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) and the takeAIM project.
I am currently an ST5 working in Severn Deanery in Acute Internal Medicine. I have a great many interests which include my specialist skill of thoracic ultrasound and simulation training which I run for medical trainees in the deanery I work in. Outside of work I enjoy photography and painting and am always up for baking more cakes!
As an acute medical registrar it’s not unusual for people to ask me why I chose Acute Internal Medicine as a speciality. Many junior doctors, nurses and even consultants in other specialities see the way medical registrars as a whole work these days and ask in a puzzled tone “why do it to yourself?”
The answer is both simple, and very complex and you can see from our trainee bios that as a bunch of AIM trainees we all have very varied backgrounds and skill sets. I trained originally in Edinburgh University and have now worked in Scotland, Wales and England having had the privilege of seeing how AIM is done in many different hospitals and deaneries. There is something that ties us all together though.
We love a challenge.
And that is my answer to a lot of people who ask me, why? I love the challenge. I trained as an ACCS trainee and knew, that despite all the emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care that acute medicine was always the one for me. Where else would the knowledge I had worked so hard to acquire all be used in one place?
AIM provides me an opportunity to work with the acutely unwell, enjoy the fast paced and adrenaline filled environment of an acute unit, to use a variety of skills I have picked up along the way including anaesthetic skills, ultrasound skills, procedural skills and of course, some of the best skill is learning how to talk to and understand what is going on with our patients.
This is what we do as acute medical registrars. So if you might be interested in pushing yourself a bit, in learning how to manage a busy environment, in acquiring such a variety of skill and knowledge as we have shown you in our bios and feeling at the end of the day that you have made a difference in a patient’s life…why don’t you consider AIM?!
Acute Internal Medicine attracted me because I was keen to be a specialist in managing patients with multiple comorbidities and presentations. I think it is vital for patient care and the running of the hospital that there are specialists of Acute Internal Medicine at the front door. The training programme has been very flexible and allowed me to further my interest in Tropical Medicine with an Out Of Programme Experience (OOPE) in Ghana and Zambia, Infectious Diseases clinics and set blocks of Infectious Diseases training. It has been possible to complete a Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership through the Open University and NHS Leadership Academy. There are a huge number of possibilities open to AIM trainees to get involved in regional and national projects. It is an expanding specialty both in terms of numbers and scope. I would thoroughly recommend it.
Hi, I’m Charlie and I’m currently an ST3 trainee in Acute Internal Medicine in South London. I qualified from Brighton and Sussex Medical School and have been passionate about acute medicine since my first F1 job in acute medicine.
I am the trainee representative for South London and I am involved with other trainees in London for organising the AIM training days. I have been an active member of the SAM research committee helping out with the work on the national SAMBA project. I have completed the diploma in geriatric medicine and am commencing my studies for a postgraduate diploma in clinical education shortly. I hope that this will support my specialty skill interest in simulation training.
Outside of work I’m a member of a netball league, a keen skier, musician and baker! I’m looking forward to an exciting year with the other takeAIM fellows and am happy to be contacted with any questions.
As a FY1, I was initially intimidated by the hustle and bustle of a busy AMU, but I soon found my feet and enjoyed the challenging variety of cases that I came across. I loved the fact that I was constantly challenged and that no two days were the same. With the support of fantastic Consultant Acute Physicians, I got involved in local audits and led QIPs - one of which was highly commended by my trust. I soon realised that AIM was the career for me.
Now as an ST6 and trainee representative in the West Midlands I have gained accreditation in Intermediate ICM, Echocardiography and am currently training in Thoracic Ultrasound. As well as using these skills to make decisions to improve the care of my patients at the front door, I am involved in teaching them to junior doctors.
Quality Improvement is a passion of mine and I am one of the founding members of the West Midlands Acute Medicine Collaborative.
If you want to be part of an exciting evolving specialty that offers lots of different opportunities and one that will remain at the centre of our NHS…...takeAIM!
I’m a West Midlands based ST3 who decided that there really was no other specialty that stood out like AIM. It’s fast paced, hands on and constantly offers new challenges and diagnostic problems to solve. The training opportunities are endless and I’m looking forward to pursuing my specialist skill in Ultrasound.
Over the past 12 months I have helped to set up the West Midlands Acute Medicine Collaborative, a trainee led research group passionate about quality and service improvement.
If I’m not at work you’ll probably find me visiting friends and family, trying to stay fit at the gym or counteracting all that hard work in a gastropub or restaurant.