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Acute Internal Medicine Trainee Survey 2016

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Objectives: To ascertain the views of current Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) trainees on the strengths and weakness of the specialty, their training programmes, practical procedures and the provision of training days.

Methods: Online electronic survey circulated to all Higher Specialty Trainees (HST) in AIM. Participation was voluntary and all answers confidential. A total of 108 trainees responded.

Results: There were respondents from across the United Kingdom. The majority of respondents are happy or quite happy with their training (61%), with 11% unhappy or very unhappy. The variety of workload (68%), specialty exposure (69%) and practical procedures (67%) were strengths while lack of respect from other specialties (55%) and rota gaps (59%) remain significant problems. 53% of respondents feel they are expected to cover more rota gaps than their GIM colleagues, and 54% trainees feel they do not get a session a week allocated to them for specialist skill training/admin. Only 33% of trainees expect to get dedicated leadership and/or management training during their programme, and a large proportion of trainees (78%) feel that some form of ultrasound training should be a core part of the curriculum. Despite the difficulties, 85% of respondents would recommend AIM as a specialty.

Conclusions: This survey highlights some of the positives and negatives of training in AIM, and highlights areas where potential improvements to programmes could be made. Comparison of the data with 2015 shows small improvements in a number of areas, but still some significant concerns remain. The findings were fed back to the Training Committee in March.

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