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Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care examination: applicability to the Defence Medical Services
  1. Oliver O'Sullivan1,
  2. R J Booker2 and
  3. H J Pynn3
  1. 1 Headquarters Army Medical Directorate (HQ AMD), Camberley, UK
  2. 2 3 Medical Regiment Senior Medical Officer and Project LARA Forward Instant Messaging trial lead, Preston, UK
  3. 3 Emergency Department, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Oliver O'Sullivan, Headquarters Army Medical Services (HQ AMS), Camberley GU15 4PQ, UK; oliver_osullivan{at}


The Fellowship in Immediate Medical Care (FIMC) is the highest level of formal qualification available for pre-hospital practitioners, aiming to test the knowledge, technical and non-technical skills of those providing specialist Pre-Hospital Emergency Care (PHEC). The FIMC is a multiprofessional examination with the potential to support continuous quality improvement of the PHEC that the Defence Medical Services (DMS) can offer to our patients now and in the future. The aim of this article is to inform the readership about the evolution of the FIMC examination and its applicability to military clinicians (and their civilian counterparts). A secondary aim is to inform those who are preparing for the examination.

  • accident & emergency medicine
  • adult anaesthesia
  • education & training (see medical education & training)

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  • Contributors OO designed, developed and initially drafted the article. RJB and HJP redrafted, edited and provided specialist input.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.