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Emergency medicine

Doctors in emergency medicine (EM) carry out the immediate assessment and treatment of patients with serious and life-threatening illnesses and injuries.

Training and qualifications required

Training usually starts with a five year first degree in medicine. Then there's two years foundation doctor training, three years core training (CT1 – CT3), followed by three years specialists training (ST4 – ST6). This period of training will include your royal college exams. Run-through training from CT1/ST1-ST6 is also available and most trainees now choose that route. Length of training can vary according to your circumstances.

Expected working hours and salary range

Doctors 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 highly likely. Pay scales (2017): Consultants earn between £76,761 and £103,490.

Desirable skills and values

This role requires and ability to make quick decisions, whilst working under pressure and staying calm in a pressured environment. Good attention to detail is important. You'll have resilience. Communication and teamwork are required. You'll have a commitment to learn and develop your knowledge of a wide range of medical conditions and disorders. An interest in medical systems within pre-hospitals and in-hospitals is important. Teaching and research form part of this role.

Prospects

There are 1,586 consultants in emergency medicine in England in 2016. Opportunities exist for research and teaching.
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