A final year Emergency Medicine trainee with The Tweed and Lismore Base hospitals has taken out top honours in this year’s Emergency Fellowship Clinical Exam with the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine (ACEM).
Dr Hussain Kadim was awarded the Buchanan Prize at a ceremony earlier this month, after receiving the highest score in the two-day practical exam, the final component of the training program for medics on their way to becoming a specialist Emergency Physician and member of the College.
Now that he’s finished his training, Dr Kadim says he’s keen to stay in the Tweed Valley and work in a senior emergency role.
“For me, a good day in the ED is the best possible experience you can have as a doctor,” Dr Kadim said.
“I love that emergency medicine allows us as clinicians to rapidly assess and treat our patients, and we’re often able to quickly alleviate our patient’s symptoms. I also enjoy the teamwork involved in delivering good emergency care.
“Having to deal with many different kinds of patients means learning new things every day, and the variety also helps keep things in perspective. One day after having to tell a family that their loved one had passed away, my next patient was a seven-year-old girl in good spirits but with a sore arm from a sports injury. It was a reminder that there is more to life than death and dying, and that helped to make sense of what I had experienced that day.”
Originally from London, Dr Kadim worked in Emergency Medicine and Intensive Care for several years, before taking a sabbatical year and then resuming the 5-year ACEM training program at The Tweed Hospital.
Dr Kadim says that the support network and input from other senior doctors throughout his training has been extremely helpful in getting him to this point.
“Everyone who has been involved in my training has been incredibly supportive and influential, ranging from specific tips for the exam, to resources, to debriefing difficult days,” Dr Kadim said.
“I was working in Sydney for eight years, and it’s the same everywhere I’ve been. Men and women who care about what they do and want to support the next generation of doctors in training. It’s a phenomenal community to be a part of.”