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Speciality: Acute Care Common Stem - Internal Medicine Training (ACCS- IMT)

Programme Description
GMC Reference: NOS/403

Acute Care Common Stem training is a collaboration of acute care specialities with the aim of producing multi-competent junior doctors able to recognise and manage the sick patient and who have the complementary speciality training required for higher speciality training in Emergency Medicine, JRCPTB speciality, Anaesthesia, and Intensive Care Medicine. 

 The ACCS Internal Medicine programme in the North of Scotland is a four-year programme where trainees gain experience and competence in all four acute care specialities: Emergency Medicine, Acute Internal Medicine, Anaesthetics, and Intensive Care. Trainees will spend six months in each speciality in either Aberdeen Royal Infirmary or Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. 

ACCS Internal Medicine trainees in their third year then move onto the IMT curriculum and complete three placements (four months each) in medical specialities.  The fourth year is essentially an Internal Medicine Year 3 (IMY3) year seen as an early and supported introduction to being a medical registrar. 

 Acute medicine in Aberdeen is provided by the team of fourteen Consultants through three main areas: Acute Medicine Initial Assessment Area, a large Short Stay Medical Unit and an Ambulatory Emergency Care area. Placements may be solely in Aberdeen or a mixed Aberdeen/Inverness model. 

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities

The Scotland North Deanery involves Grampian and Highland, which is a beautiful area to live and work within. It has varied geography and offers diverse interests for individuals and families, from a thriving city life in Aberdeen to outdoor activities in the Highlands. It has excellent road, rail and air networks to the other areas of Scotland. The quality of life in the North of Scotland has easy access to beautiful countryside for sport and leisure as well as world-renowned facilities for golf.

Training within the Deanery is trainee focused with attention to individual trainee needs and aspirations. Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Raigmore Hospital are teaching hospitals with opportunities to become involved in research.


Where is the training delivered?
Training is delivered across:

Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness

Contacts and Useful Links
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery
Administration office North of Scotland
Lead Dean / Director Professor Adam Hill
Responsible Associate Postgraduate Dean or Assistant Director (GP) Dr Joy Miller
Specialty or Sub-specialty Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College - Faculty
Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System
Programme Administrator: Named Programme Administrator: Margaret McDove
Address: NHS Education for Scotland Glasgow, G3 8BW
Programme Director Programme Director Name: Dr Bianca Ebtehadj
Address: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Quality of Training Quality Management

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