We strongly encourage trainees to get involved in the development of Acute Medicine and the work that SAM does; active engagement from trainees can only make the speciality stronger. Here are some of the ways you can do this.
There are two trainee representatives on the SAM Council. These trainee representatives also sit on the Acute Medicine SAC by default, though this might change in the future. The remit of the post is described in the Trainee Representative Job Description. The posts last for two years. One representative has their appointment confirmed at the Spring Meeting and the second is appointed six months later at the International Meeting. Trainee representatives are elected by the SAM members. When the time comes for a new representative to be appointed SAM members are emailed, calling for candidates. Each candidate must be seconded by one other SAM member. Nominees are then asked to write a short paragraph about why they would be best to fill the post. These pitches are then collated and emailed to all SAM members to use as the basis for their voting.
Currently the trainee representatives are:
Working on a Subcommittee
Periodically the SAM members are asked if they wish to help on one of the council subcommittees. Some of these posts need a consultant to fill them but many roles would be ably filled by trainee members and we very much encourage their involvement.
Speaking at SAM Conferences
We encourage the active involvement of trainees in SAM conferences, especially during the trainee sessions. If you have an idea for a talk or, even better, if you would like to give a talk please contact one of the trainee representatives.
Writing for SAM
The trainee newsletters and the training-related pages on this website will always benefit from contributions from trainees. If you have something you would like to write about (related to Acute Medicine) then please contact one of the trainee representatives.
EFIM Young Internists
SAM is an associate member of the European Federation of Internal Medicine (EFIM), a group dedicated to the promotion of Internal Medicine as the core of modern medical practice. EFIM has a Young Internists Assembly, to which SAM has the right to send a representative, as does the Royal College of Physicians. If you would be interested in hearing more about this have a look at the Young Internists website speak to one of the trainee representatives. If you like the idea of meeting other European Internal Medicine trainees but don't wish to take on the commitment of being a UK representative then you may wish to consider attending the European School of Internal Medicine (ESIM), a week-long series of lectures on general medicine attended by trainees from all over Europe. To attend you need to be nominated by your national society. In the case of the UK, current it is the Royal College of Physicians that is providing sponsorship for trainees to attend. Details of who to contact are probably best taken from the ESIM website but if you get stuck then ask one of the trainee representatives.
There is always plenty of work for the trainee representatives to do. If none of the options above appeal but you would still like to make some contribution to improving training in Acute Medicine then get in touch with one of the trainee representatives to discuss what you would like to do.