Gaining experience in prehospital medicine
Initiative is needed to take advantage of the opportunities in this new specialty
- By: Matt Ellington, Oliver Hawksley
Core trainee year 3 emergency medicine
Prehospital care fascinates many medical students, yet it is not in the curriculum in most medical schools. Prehospital care involves travelling to the scene of injury or illness, and initiating treatment and life saving interventions before the patient arrives at hospital. In this article we suggest ways to gain experience in prehospital care while you are at medical school.
In the United Kingdom, restructuring of trauma care has led to prehospital care becoming a subspecialty, marking its transition from a hobby for a small group of adrenaline seeking doctors to a regulated subspecialty with a validated training programme. This brings the UK in line with other European and developed countries.
The training programme is part time and based around a parent specialty. It is open to registrars who are training in anaesthesia or emergency medicine. Registrars will do the equivalent of one year of