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. Trainee representatives sit on all SAM council meetings, the Acute Medicine Specialty Advisory Committee and several other subcommittees.
The post roles and responsibilities are described in the Trainee Representative Job Description. 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 and each post lasts for two years. When the time comes for a new representative to be appointed SAM members are emailed, calling for candidates. Each candidate must be seconded by two other SAM members (non-Council members). 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.
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. The QI and Research subcommittees are actively looking for more trainees to join them.
Speaking at SAM Conferences and Events
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. We also host SAM Webinars throughout the year and our AHP colleagues host teaching sessions for their members (PA’s, nurses amongst others) which would benefit from engaged registrars teaching on them.
Write a blog or article
The trainee newsletters and the training-related pages on this website will always benefit from contributions from trainees. If you have an idea for a blog or one-off article (related to Acute Medicine) then please contact one of the trainee representatives.
It’s also important we expand our voice as Acute Medicine trainees in the wider medical world so we would encourage you to submit comments, case reports or articles to journals and other medical bodies and showcase your project work at conferences (especially SAM!)
Let us know if you are doing anything interesting or pioneering, whether it be a project or new post so we can highlight it to other trainees in our newsletter.