Emergency Medicine Specialist

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Emergency Medicine Specialists identify and immediately manage serious and life-threatening situations. The study of Emergency Medicine is a discipline that covers virtually all facets of medicine and Emergency Medicine Specialists face a wide range of medical and surgical problems, which requires general expertise across many areas.


Emergency Medicine Specialists will generally find work in emergency departments of public hospitals, which is a hectic and pressured environment, requiring decisiveness, resilience, awareness of limitations and good interpersonal skills. As well as prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups, Emergency Medicine Specialists will also provide clinical teaching, supervision and support to registrars, resident medical officers, interns, and students; arrange, consult and cooperate with other hospital staff;  and initiate and implement relevant research activities.


To become an Emergency Medicine Specialist you must first complete a medical degree and then undertake further training through the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine. Emergency Medicine training takes a minimum of seven years to complete on a full-time basis. This is comprised of two years basic training, a minimum of one year provisional training and four years advanced training.