Acute Medicine

takeAIM - Why we love Acute Internal Medicine


A Career in Acute Medicine 

  • Acute Internal Medicine Specialty that focuses on the care of adult medical patients from their admission to hospital up to 72 hours of their stay.
  • This can involve acute unwell patients in monitored areas or well patients in ambulatory care areas. 
  • Care of patients usually takes place on Acute Medical Units (AMUs)
  • The presence of Acute Physicians in hospitals with unscheduled care has been shown to reduce mortality and length of hospital stay without increasing  readmission rates
  • With a drive towards consultant led acute services 7 days a week there will be an increasing number of AIM physicians delivering high quality care at the front door
  • Working evenings and weekends will mean compensatory days off in the week.
  • The number of conditions managed by Ambulatory care will increase as will the number of complex medical admissions, thus the skills of an Acute Physician will continue to be in high demand.

Desirable Qualities


  • Enjoyment of a wide range of medical problems
  • Problem-solving, ability to think on your feet
  • Desire to manage acutely unwell patients
  • Ability to interface with other specialties
  • Good team-working and communication skills with patients, carers and the MDT
  • Leadership qualities and a desire to innovate are desirable


Career path



You can apply for AIM via several routes

  • Core Medical Training (CMT) – 2 years
  • Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) – 3 years
  • Broad based training (BBT)  - 3 years


As with all medical specialties – MRCP is to be achieved for entry into ST3 and the Specialty certificate Examination is to be completed during your 5 years as a registrar.


During your 5 years as a Registrar you must also gain a special skill (see JRCPTB for full list of option)


During ST3-ST7 there is the opportunity to take an out of programme experience should you wish to pursue teaching, leadership, management or research interests.


Acute Internal Medicine in the West Midlands


Wide variety of centres offering different special skill options

Trainee led research collaborative

Monthly training days organised by trainees

Regular social events


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