What is Emergency Medicine?

Emergency Medicine encompasses the entire medical care of the acutely ill or injured patient. From resuscitation to traumatology, broken bones to acute poisoning, Emergency Physicians look after a variety of clinical presentations. Acute and critical care medicine, resuscitation and trauma are our specialty....and it is as exciting as it sounds!

Sydney Medical School students will experience all that emergency medicine has to offer during their critical care program. Our curriculum aims to prepare medical students for the busy life of an Emergency Intern and beyond.

In 1991, the International Federation for Emergency Medicine defined "emergency medicine" as –

            a field of practice based on the knowledge and skills required for the prevention, diagnosis and management of acute and urgent aspects of illness and injury affecting patients of all age groups with a full spectrum of episodic undifferentiated physical and behavioural disorders; it further encompasses an understanding of the development of prehospital and inhospital emergency medical system and the skills necessary for this development.         

Emergency Physicians are resourceful and are in demand. Whether in a busy Emergency Department or working in related fields, Emergency Physicians may continue into toxicology, retrieval/hyperbaric medicine or intensive care sub-specialisations. With our varied experience and holistic knowledge, Emergency Physicians make excellent teachers in general and acute medicine. Likewise, emergency departments are great places of learning and gaining experience for medical students.