Pre-hospital medicine (PHEM) is an exciting and evolving area of medicine.
The BMJ recognised PHEM as a speciality in 2013 with the curriculum developed by the Faculty of Pre-hospital Care and approved by the General Medical Council. With more and more medics showing an interest in expedition and remote healthcare several training posts have opened up in the UK. These include an ED and pre-hospital medicine clinical fellow post in Bangor and an SHO ED and expedition medicine role in Bristol.
There is now also an Intercalated Pre-Hospital Medicine BSc for eligible medical students in the UK. The 1 year course at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry includes topics such as Applied Sciences, Resuscitation Science and Trauma Science as related to pre-hospital medicine. There will also be the option for students to get hands on experience by shadowing ambulance crews and attending large sporting events.
Read BMJ interview with Robert Major, chair of the department of pre-hospital and retrieval medicine, ‘A career in pre-hospital emergency medicine’ to find out more about PHEM and the training opportunities.
For more information about Intercalated Pre-Hospital Medicine BSc and how to apply see: