Training and development (EM)

This page provides useful information on the training and development for this specialty and also has tips for people at all stages of their training including medical school.

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The approved postgraduate training programme for EM is available from the GMC.

Trainees may enter the emergency medicine training programme via:

Emergency Medicine trainees who have already been accepted for higher specialty training may apply to train in ICM as well as EM to obtain a Dual CCT. It will usually extend the training programme to 8.5 years with the special skills year being spent in Emergency Medicine. Further details can be obtained from the Faculty of Intensive Care medicine website.

Paediatric Emergency Medicine is a recognised sub-specialty of Emergency Medicine. The training consists of six months in a Paediatric Emergency Medicine department approved for subspecialty training and six months of ward-based paediatrics, three months of which should be in the care of unconscious and critically ill children, such as in a Paediatric ICU. Not all programmes are able to offer this sub-specialty training. Appointments are on a competitive basis. Trainees must hold a training number and be in HST (ideally the final year) before they can be appointed to a sub-specialty training post.

Prehospital emergency medicine (PHEM) is also a recognised subspecialty of Emergency Medicine. Entry into PHEM training is by competitive entry, and may be integrated into EM training over a 2-year period, or be stand alone, over one year. Entry to PHEM training is by competitive application. Not all programmes are able to offer this sub-specialty training. Trainees must hold a training number and be in HST before they can be appointed to a subspecialty training post.

A significant proportion of the trainees in EM are training less than full time.

Each level of entry onto emergency medicine training has a person specification that lists the required competences for that specialty. When making an application, you will need to provide evidence proving that you have achieved the specified competences.

Detailed entry requirements and all essential and desirable criteria are listed in the person specification 2017 for emergency medicine:

All 2017 person specifications can be found on the NHS specialty training website. Please note that these documents are updated every year in the autumn before the recruitment round opens.

This information is correct at the time of writing. Full and accurate details of training pathways are available from medical royal colleges, or the GMC.

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