Basic Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine (BSTEM)
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Basic Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine consists of a series of relevant training posts at
SHO level that lay the professional groundwork for subsequent specialisation. During this time, doctors obtain a wide range of experience in a variety of specialties, of which a minimum of:
12 months in Emergency Medicine
24 months in specialties relevant to Emergency Medicine i.e.
- Acute general medicine
- Paediatric emergency medicine
- General paediatrics
- Trauma & Orthopaedics
- Anaesthesia (6 months)
The scheme is of 3 years duration and involves training in the above mentioned specialties in approved training hospitals. There are currently 26 posts available annually. From July 2014, BSTEM will deliver the initial 3 year core training component of the 8 year National Emergency Medicine Training Programme. Candidates who successfully complete BSTEM, pass the Membership of the College of Emergency Medicine (MCEM) examination and are deemed suitable for advanced training following a formal assessment of suitability for advanced training (ASAT) will progress to the 5 year Advanced training component of the programme.