Registration for SAMsterDAM is now open

Society for Acute Medicine, Spring 2014 Conference, 1-2 May, Amsterdam


The Conference is aimed at a multi-professional audience and is targeted at those working in an acute hospital setting, both managerial and clinical. It will provide an excellent platform for multi profession discussion and debate as well as an opportunity to share, discuss, learn and hear about the different developments within acute medicine.

The Conference has been approved for 12 CPD credits by RCPL. Activity code: 88341.


For more information about the conference, including the conference programme, and to register online, click here.


Call for Oral Presentations and Abstract Submissions


Abstract Submission for SAMsterDAM is now closed. If you have submitted an abstract, feedback is now available by logging back in to your submission here. If your abstract has been selected for display at the conference, please view our Poster Guidelines for information about what you need to do next along with suggestions for poster design.

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SAMBrighton: 8th International Conference

SAMBrighton, 2-3 October 2014, Brighton Centre



This is our 8th International Conference for the Society for Acute Medicine and is the premier conference for those working within the specialty of Acute Medicine.

The draft conference programme is available to view here. 

Registration will open on the 3rd May 2014.

Submissions for Oral Presentations and Poster Abstracts will also be invited between 3rd May and 25th July. More information will be displayed here in due course.


If your company is interested in supporting this event or taking an exhibition stand, please view our Sponsorship Opportunities brochure for more information

What is the Society for Acute Medicine?
SAM Council members


The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM) is the national representative body for staff caring for medical patients in the acute hospital setting. Formed in 2000, SAM was established at a time when the concepts of acute medicine and the Acute Medical Unit (AMU) were in their infancy.

What do we do?

  • Promote education of medical, nursing and paramedical staff in acute medicine
  • Facilitate and co-ordinate the collection of data relevant to acute medical assessments and admissions
  • Facilitate collaborative research in acute medicine
  • Promote the creation of appropriate environments for acute medical assessments and admissions
  • Share good practice
  • Promote the acute care models that exist to improve the management of patients
  • Provide encouragement and support to all members of the multi-disciplinary team 

To learn more about SAM, click here. For more information on how to become a member, click here

Delivering a 12-hour, 7-day consultant presence on the AMU

The fourth in the series of acute care toolkits from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has been produced in collaboration with the Society for Acute Medicine (SAM). The toolkit focuses on changes to the organisation of care, working practices and medical rotas to ensure a consultant physician is available to review acutely ill patients on the acute medical unit (AMU) 12 hours a day, seven days a week.

The toolkit provides practical guidance to senior hospital managers and clinical staff on how to organise acute medical services to ensure that the 12 hour consultant presence delivers consistent high quality care to acutely ill patients.

The guidance includes answers to key questions including:

  • How many consultants are required to provide a daily 12-hour presnce on the AMU?
  • How many patients should a consultants be expected to review during their shift on the AMU & how long should this shift be?
  • How should consultant working & support service be organised in order to provide high quality patient care every day of the week?

Quality Standards in Acute Medicine

The Society for Acute Medicine is commited to delivering the highest standard of practice and patient care. The Quality Standards for Acute Medical Units document was published on the 20th of June 2012. PDF available here .

The Quality Standards document is intended to complement the Quality Indicators which have been in use by a number of Acute Medical Units since January 2011.