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.
Dr Sharma trained in general medicine in India and moved into acute medicine five years after coming to the UK in 2004. He says: ‘I joined SAM as a consequence of being a trainee in acute medicine just before my ARCP this year. I do think that it is good to be part of SAM. It gives a sense of belonging to the speciality and encourages one to think about it constructively.’
As a trainee Dr Sharma feels that to provide comprehensive acute medical care trainees’ postings should more accurately reflect the experience they most need to gather. He says: ‘At present the skills training is left for the trainee to organise. This is difficult as different trusts/departments work in a different manner. Therefore, posts should be created or modified to provide these skills. In my opinion the following should be a mandatory inclusion in the rotation:
A three/six month training in anaesthesia with the specific aim to be airway trained, a CT/MRI interpretation module specifically designed for acute medicine, basic ultrasound and US guided procedures, an echocardiography module for acute medicine (maybe something like FEEL module for intensive care) and finally, a SAM app for android/iphone – this would have guidelines/calculations/help useful in acute medicine.