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  • 2008 Discipline is established
  • 7 affiliated clinical schools
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Discipline of Emergency Medicine

Educating physicians in providing effective emergency care
From resuscitation to traumatology, broken bones and acute poisoning, we train emergency physicians to manage the full spectrum of physical and behavioural emergencies.

About the discipline

The Discipline of Emergency Medicine was established in 2008 to educate and train medical students in the practice of emergency medicine, a fundamental aspect of medicine.

We have developed a curriculum to provide you with the necessary tools to undertake safe, supervised clinical practice in an emergency department. Our teachers are dedicated emergency physicians across seven of the Sydney Medical School clinical schools:

How to train in emergency medicine

Training in emergency medicine is a pathway to an exciting and fulfilling medical career. This field offers flexible hours and training, work-life balance and wide-ranging career opportunities. 

As emergency physicians are required to manage a variety of clinical presentations, your training will incorporate a variety of sub-specialties and clinical experiences.

Training in emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand is overseen by ACEM (Australasian College for Emergency Medicine). It is divided into three stages:

  1. basic training (minimum 2 years) – involving in-hospital clinical experience, such as internship and medical officer terms.
  2. provisional training (minimum 1 year) – commitment to emergency medicine training, including entry (primary) exam and interview.
  3. advanced training (minimum 4 years) – supervised specialist training including sub-specialty terms, research components and exit (fellowship) exam.

Study options

In essence, it's all about our students and what they want from our discipline. We offer an abundance of learning opportunities and access to clinicians in the Emergency Department. Studying with us is effective and rewarding.

Whether you want to see patients, learn procedures or discuss management, emergency medicine provides a wealth of clinical material. 

The emergency medicine curriculum is taught at seven of the University's clinical schools, spread across Sydney and NSW. All our clinical schools provide an excellent foundation for assessment and management of common emergency presentations as well as the undifferentiated patient. 

Medical students are exposed to clinical scenarios early – right from first year. This increases to a 2-4 week rotation in the emergency department during the Stage 3 critical care block. There is also a clinical reasoning session in Stage 2 devoted to emergency medicine and toxicology.

We offer the opportunity to experience pre-hospital medicine during an ambulance ride-along – this can be organised during time in the emergency department, and is subject to local resources and protocols.

Learn more about the Doctor of Medicine program at the Sydney Medical School.

We welcome applications from Australian and international medical students who wish to spend up to 8 weeks in our discipline's emergency departments.

These innovative degrees have been designed by critical care clinicians for doctors interested in emergency medicine, anaesthetics and intensive care medicine.

Coursework includes basic sciences, retrieval medicine and pain management, teaching in simulation and clinical communication and decision making relevant to the practice of critical care. You will gain insights into how research informs practice and undertake a critical appraisal of the evidence guiding practice in an area of critical care medicine.

*Requires a medical degree

The University offers a range of research opportunites to help you pursue your passion. You can undertake a:

To learn more about research opportunities in the Faculty of Medicine and Health visit our postgraduate research page.

Some critical care units of study are available as non-award courses. If you are interested in completing a non-award unit please contact the course coordinator.

View available units of study to learn more.

Please note that CRIT5008 Evidence and Ethics in Critical Care is not available for non-award study.

Our research

Research is a key and integral part of the Discipline of Emergency Medicine. It is being conducted by the discipline members, associated staff and students of the Sydney Medical School. 

Research is important not only to showcase the talent within the discipline but also to answer vital questions of life and death in the ED. Our studies involve aspects of acute medicine, resuscitation, toxicology as well as pre-hospital ambulance data.

Students are encouraged to participate in research within the discipline and during their critical care rotations. Research can take many forms such as a formal study, audit or an independent learning project. Each year, an award is presented to the best research study conducted by a Sydney Medical School student within the discipline. 

Our research links include:

Our research focuses on areas key to emergency medicine including resuscitation, toxicology, sepsis and trauma.

Head of Discipline

Professor Gary Browne
Professor Gary Browne
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Emergency Medicine

Address
  • Emergency Department, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, Hawkesbury Rd, Westmead NSW 2145
Details
For more information regarding the Discipline of Emergency Medicine, please contact the discipline's secretariat.

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