Entry requirements, skills and interests (AIM)

This page provides useful information about the entry requirements needed for this specialty up to and including foundation training. It also includes information on the skills and interests you will need.

Entry requirements

Prior to starting your specialty training you need to have completed a medical degree followed by the two-year foundation programme and then two or three years of core training. If you have already made a decision to pursue a career in acute medicine, try to get experience in acute medicine or related areas such as A&E.

Find out more about getting into medical school and about applying for the foundation training.

Skills and interests

The skills and interests you will need include:

  • lateral thinking skills
  • adaptability
  • ability to work under pressure
  • communication skills, both spoken and written
  • team player skills and leadership skills to run a successful AMU
  • patient-centred approach

If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you're applying for a university course funded by the NHS.

Find out more about NHS values.

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