There’s been a lot of debate over the past few weeks, but the long and short of it is that I am seriously considering switching my career path to Emergency Medicine (that’s A&E for all you regular folks). I’m currently in training as a general physician, but on a programme that incorporates more elements of EM/intensive care/anaesthetics than is typical for medical trainees. I chose this programme specifically to address my career uncertainty, and what can I say? I’m still uncertain!
I’ve been to careers days and careers meetings and sent career e-mails to a whole range of people up-to and including the head of the ACCS training programme for my region, the head of school for Emergency Medicine, and some consultants within the department who are wise in such matters. The conclusion is that I should finish off the ACCS medicine training programme, then apply for a further year of A&E, after which I would be eligible for a registrar post in Emergency Medicine.
The prospect of these various life-changing decisions is alarming. Fortunately, I am going to take a year out around then, which will be an excellent pause to consider all of my options.