A new RCEM guide for all ePortfolio users has been published today. Please take a look here: http://www.rcem.ac.uk/CEM/document?id=8461
The Emergency Medicine Trainees Association Annual Conference will be held at the Royal Society Of Medicine in London on Monday 23 November 2015. This conference is targeted at all those who are currently training or wish to train in Emergency Medicine. It offers the opportunity to hear top speakers on the hot topics in EM, to have your voice heard on training matters, and to participate in focus groups (ACCS, DREEM, subspecialty training). In addition there is a poster competition and the chance to have a poster presented at a national conference.
Put the date in your diaries and book your study leave now. More details to follow.
Message from Dr Jason Long, Dean
RCEM Curriculum and Proposed Changes to the Examination Structure
The 2015 curriculum is now available to download from our website here.
In addition to publicising the new curriculum we would like to take this opportunity to explain that the proposed changes to the examination structure (introducing the Primary examination and Intermediate certificate and updating the components of the FCEM examination) have not yet received final approval from the GMC, who have requested further information from the College on the standard setting processes for each component of the new examination structure.
All potential candidates should therefore resume following the existing examination structure:
MCEM Parts A, B and C
FCEM – Clinical SAQ and OSCE, Critical Appraisal SAQ, Management Viva and Clinical Topic Review
We realise this is a departure from the College’s previous advice and apologise that the College had understood the GMC’s approval of the curriculum to include the proposed changes to the examination structure, but this is not the case. Whilst the College is working very closely with the GMC to resolve their queries, because of the time scales involved, we are unable to say with certainty that the new examination structure will be introduced as planned from August 2016. To ensure that no candidate is therefore disadvantaged as a result of the postponed introduction of the new examination structure, it has been necessary to correct our advice.
The proposed examination structure remains unchanged but we are utilising the opportunity to refine the examination processes, listening to feedback already received from colleagues. We have worked with the GMC to ensure that the College can be as flexible as possible.
I am sorry for the confusion created but have sought to revise the information provided to candidates at the earliest opportunity having receiving confirmation from the GMC regarding the status of the proposed examination structure.
If you have any queries regarding the above information please contact the new Director of Education at the College, Emily Beet (Emily.Beet@rcem.ac.uk)
The Shape of Training Survey was first published back in October 2013, but work on it is ongoing. It isn't yet clear exactly how proposals will impact Emergency Medicine - we are already a broad based specialty training program with an ST6 exit. However, as part of EMTA's work with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, we are assisting with a survey lead by BOTA on Trainees' views on SHoT.
Please take a few minutes to read through the Shape of Training Report if you haven't already, and complete the survey via the link above. Thanks!
The Wessex Intensive Care Society (WICS) was established in the 1980's, and has rapidly developed into a society which brings together intensive care health professionals across the Wessex region. The aim of WICS is to advance medical practice within our intensive care units and hospitals and provide supportive training and quality education. To this end, they have produced "The Bottom Line", which provides reviews of landmark papers in Intensive Care Medicine.
Well worth a look.
Check out the following from Andrew Worster, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatics at McMaster University.
Welcome to the new website. The primary aims of the site are to increase awareness and understanding of EMTA, to facilitate communication between its members and facilitate national collaboration.
There are a number of elections coming up for members of the EMTA committee. The posts for which new members are needed are listed on the Committee page here: http://www.emtraineesassociation.co.uk/emta-committee.html. In particular, we need members to represent the interests of dual and subspecialty trainees in Paediatrics and Intensive Care medicine. These committee positions will involve working both with RCEM and the relevant second discipline.
The website will soon be updated to provide details of members' roles, Committees in which our members are involved, when these Committees meet and their outcomes.