Doctors in acute internal medicine (AIM) assess, investigate, diagnose and manage the care of patients with conditions that have developed quickly, exhibit severe symptoms and may be life-threatening.
Training and qualifications requiredTraining usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine, then there's two years foundation doctor training, two years core training (CT1-CT2), followed by 4 years specialists training (ST3-ST6). For dual CCT: there's five years specialist training (ST3-ST7). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.
Expected working hours and salary rangeDoctors may work up to 48 hours a week. The working hours may sometimes extend beyond the normal working day to include early mornings, evenings and weekends, on call is highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.
Desirable skills and valuesThis role requires good lateral thinking skills and being able to adapt to different situations. You'll be able to work under pressure and take initiative in highly pressurised and emotive situations. Excellent communication skills are important, as are team working and leadership skills.
ProspectsThere are 257 consultants in acute internal medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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