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Emergency Medicine Speciality Training (DRE-EM)

  • September 27, 2021

In 2014, the ‘Defined Route of Entry into Emergency Medicine,' or ‘DRE-EM,' was launched. It serves as a gateway to specialised training in Emergency Medicine and has its own national selection procedure. The goal of DRE-EM is to improve Emergency medicine recruitment while preserving quality. This new 5-year Emergency Medicine training programme that may be appropriate for people who have completed core training in other specialities such as basic specialist training or who have completed at least one year of Emergency Medicine experience with or without any acute care common stem (ACCS) capabilities. The first two years are spent converting to and consolidating all of the fundamental Emergency Medicine core competencies.

Joining DRE-EM from Surgical Training – UK trained Doctors

One option is to attend EM specialist training after successfully completing two years of UK core surgical training or two years of UK run through surgical training and earning Membership of the Royal College of Surgery (MRCS). This route leads to an Emergency Medicine Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT).

Joining DRE-EM from Surgical Training – Internationally trained Doctors

Applicants who have completed the equivalent of a UK Core Surgical Training programme (with evidence of achievement of CT/ST1 competences in surgery at the time of application and CT/ST2 competences in surgery by the time of appointment) but do not have an MRCS will train towards the Certificate of Eligibility for Specialist Registration – Combined Programme (CESR-CP). Trainees who receive the CESR (CP) will be referred to the GMC for Specialist Registration in the same way as CCT trainees are. As a result, trainees will be allowed to work as substantive consultants in the United Kingdom.

Joining DRE-EM from ACCS Specialities

Secondly, the other route is to join the speciality programme using evidence of a minimum of 24 months at core trainee level (not including time spent within a Foundation programme) in any acute care common stem (ACCS) specialties i.e. Anaesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine or Acute Medicine, which needs to include at least 12 months in Emergency Medicine. This route results in CESR CP in Emergency Medicine.

Please note if you are appointed to DRE-EM ST3 Emergency Medicine you will need to have passed MRCEM and other ACCS/core EM competencies before progressing to ST4 training.

Relocating to the UK

If you are an international Doctor who would like to relocate to the UK and has an interest in Emergency Medicine, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your relocation journey to the UK.

Are you a member of our Facebook group? When you join IMG Advisor, you join a community of doctors all looking to relocate to the UK and join the NHS. We post a series of blogs and vlogs to the group each day. We will also be on hand to answer all of your relocation queries.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel! We have over 60 videos covering everything you need to know about relocating to the UK and joining the NHS.

Listen to BDI Resourcing on the go with IMG Advisor the Podcast! You can listen to us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Buzzsprout. We have a number of episodes with tips and advice on relocating to the UK and the routes you can take to achieve this.

Finally, we have just launched our new Instagram, so if you are a member, feel free to follow us to view our posts and IGTV: @bdiresourcing


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