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Acute News – Spring Edition 2013

Acute News Spring Edition is here! Acute News brings you the most up-to-date SAM and acute medicine news. This spring edition includes articles on our upcoming conference in Conventry, a Francis Report special, a feature on being a pharmacist on the AMU and much more… Comments, feedback and suggestions for future newsletters are welcome and […]

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Acute News – Winter 2012 Edition

Click here to see Acute News’ winter edition. Acute News brings you the most up-to-date events from the Society for Acute Medicine and other medical stories. This winter’s newsletter includes articles on our seven-day, 12-hour a day consultant presence on the AMU report which was published in partnership with the Royal College of London; acute medicine abroad, […]

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Acute News – SAM Summer 2012 Newsletter

Click here to see Acute News’ summer edition. Acute News brings you the most up-to-date events from SAM. This summer edition includes articles on “how to market yourself as an acute physician?” on page 5, “Acute Medicine Awareness Day: Tales of Success” on page 3, “Consultant-led AMU, what difference can it make?” on page 5 and […]

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SAM's One Thousandth Member

The end of 2011 was an auspicious time for the Society as after over ten years in existence it welcomed its one thousandth member, Dr Vivek Sharma. Dr Sharma – who won a free ticket to either of SAM’s 2012 meetings – told Acute News how he believes the AIM training programme could be improved. […]

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SAM's Seven Day Working Policy Statement Launched

In November the Society launched its policy statement on seven day working for consultants in acute medicine. Acute illness is a seven day problem, with patients just as likely to suffer over the weekend as during the week and this has led SAM to endorse seven day working in all acute medical units. To provide […]

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Introducing YAMS; the Yorkshire Acute Medicine Society

Dr Hannah Cooper explains why she felt the need to create a regional acute medicine society, and how she made it a success. ‘As the specialty training representative for West Yorkshire I identified a clear need for more acute medicine training days after feedback from trainees. The need for an SpR forum had also been […]

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Rachel Wicks; SAM's first AHP Representative

The SAM Council’s first AHP Representative, Rachel Wicks, tells us why we must raise awareness of acute medicine among allied health professionals (AHPs). ‘AHPs represent a small proportion of members of the Society. Despite this they are a vital part in the decision making process for patients within an acute medicine pathway to ensure holistic […]

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“I would love to see acute medicine in the US”

Renowned expert in pulmonary hypertension based at Duke University, Professor Vic Tapson, gave Acute News his verdict on how far SAM has come. ‘I think Chris [Roseveare] and Derek [Bell} and Philip [Dyer], the whole gang, have done a really good job on moving this specialty along and what I love about the specialty is […]

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Trainee Update

December 2011 New trainee representative In the recent SAM elections, there were three nominations for trainee representative, and we are pleased to announce that Kirk Freeman was the successful candidate. Kirk is an ST6 trainee in the Wales Deanery, and will be taking over from Alice when her term ends in May 2012. He will […]

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SAM in the DAM

On 16th October 2011 a small team from University hospital of South Manchester (UHSM) took part in the Amsterdam Marathon and 8K. New to running, pharmacist Vicky Hoskins completed the 8K with relative ease. Staff nurse Emma Widowson accepted the challenge of her first marathon, breaking the magic 4-hour barrier. SAM Secretary Mark Holland came […]

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A Vision for the Future

Acute News caught up with the Society’s new President, Dr Chris Roseveare, shortly after he took over the role at the SAM meeting in London to discuss his vision for the speciality over the next two years. Chris has always been an extremely committed and active SAM member; he was Treasurer for nearly eight years and Vice President […]

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'A Fantastic Event'

Acute Medicine: Making it Safer, Doing it Better: the 5th International Conference of the Society for Acute Medicine, Imperial College, London, 29-30th September 2011 Six hundred acute medicine professionals descended on an unseasonally hot and humid London to attend the 5th international SAM conference. Delegates from around the UK were joined by a large number […]

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SAM London; our best event yet

At least that’s what our President says and of course he is a man of both taste and integrity. Sadly he is also a man who will be leaving us at the end of the SAM London Conference. Acute News cornered Dr Philip Dyer to find out what he is most looking forward to at […]

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Trainee News

SAM conference The 5th International SAM meeting is being held on 29th and 30th September 2011, at Imperial College in London. As usual, there is a packed programme with a diverse range of topics and speakers – hopefully something for everyone! The trainee session is taking place at the end of the first day in […]

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SAM’s Acute Medicine Awareness Event

The Society is researching the possibility of an acute medicine awareness day, or possibly, week, to be launched next year. The event will aim to raise the profile of acute internal medicine with other healthcare professionals and departments as we believe our specialty must be clearly understood within primary and secondary care settings before we […]

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Conference competition winners announced!

Recently the SAM Research and Audit Group launched a project that aims to collate the details of all AMUs in the UK to help develop a closer working relationship between the Society and its members. As a small incentive to take part in the SAMURAI survey (please do submit your entry here) SAM offered members […]

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August trainee changeover endangers patients, research finds

Research carried out by the Society and the RCPE which discovered that 90 per cent of doctors believe patient safety is compromised during the August trainee changeover garnered a huge amount of media coverage last month. The survey results also showed that the majority of respondents think the changeover negatively affects both patient care and doctors’ […]

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Professor Derek Bell interviews the Health Secretary

On 1st June, in his role as Director of the National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Northwest London, SAM’s own Professor Derek Bell interviewed the Health Secretary Andrew Lansley on how he feels the new government can drive forward improvements to the NHS. The interview […]

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A Spring Meeting to Remember

Thursday May 5th, 300 delegates descended on Bristol, some clutching posters, some steadying their nerves before presenting, all excited about a programme that crammed in the good, the bad and the clinical. Professor Derek Bell started things off with a ‘call to arms’, it is time, he said, for acute medicine to embrace seven day […]

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