Core Medical Training and ACCS (Acute Medicine)

Core Medical Training (CMT) and Acute Care Common Stem – Acute Medicine (ACCS-AM) Training programme in the HEKSS School of Medicine offers exciting two year programmes covering comprehensive exposure to all aspects of general medicine, preparing for a wide range of higher medical training choices. We are dedicated to training the physicians of the future and have a very successful track record of doing this.

CMT and ACCS-AM programmes are based in regional acute Trusts and include large city based hospitals and smaller more rural placements. Trainees are based in one Trust for two years and undertake six four month rotations.

All CMT and ACCS-AM trainees have a dedicated Educational Supervisor who delivers individually tailored local weekly teaching sessions and is adept in clinical teaching and appraisal. All trainees provide weekly teaching sessions for medical students, and are exposed to acute medical takes to ensure complete coverage of the CMT curriculum.

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Trainee overview

I have had excellent opportunities during my training in KSS including being supported to take a year out of training to pursue a leadership and management role at the RCP. The staff are approachable and friendly and I have really enjoyed working by the sea!

Meet the Training Programme Directors

Dr Michael Wood BSc, MBBS, PhD, FRCP

Michael WoodI qualified from King’s College London and trained in and around London, with my specialist Respiratory training in North East London, including University College Hospital, The Royal Free Hospital and The London Chest Hospital.  My PhD studies were at the Centre for Respiratory Research at UCL and after completing my specialist training in Respiratory and GIM, I worked in Perth, Australia as a senior registrar and locum consultant in Interventional Bronchoscopy. I returned to the UK to take up a consultant post at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals in 2006, where I have maintained a strong interest in post-graduate education and training. I became a Training Programme Director for Core Medical Training in 2013 and was asked to be the lead for trainees needing additional support for CMT and the higher medical specialty trainees, gaining experience in helping trainees with a variety of training and non-training needs.



Dr Hiro Khoshnaw MD, MA, FRCP
Consultant Physician and Geriatrician, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hiro KhoshawI trained as an undergraduate at Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran. After completing my internship in Tehran, I came to the UK and started my postgraduate training. I did my higher specialty training in the South West Thames rotation and obtained my CCST in General (internal) and Geriatric Medicine in January 2001. I was appointed as a full time Consultant at Royal Surrey County Hospital in April 2001.

As a trainee I had the opportunity of working with a number of inspiring Geriatricians and I became compassionate about this specialty. What attracted me most to Geriatric Medicine were its broad range, the holistic care of patients, and the provision of comprehensive assessments through effective multidisciplinary team working.

I developed interest in education through my role as Educational Supervisor and in working with multidisciplinary teams. I obtained a Masters degree (MA) in clinical education with the University of Brighton in 2011. I am particularly interested in interprofessional learning in the workplace, and this was the focus of my MA dissertation.

I developed special interest in Core Medical Training (CMT) when I became a College Tutor/CMT Faculty Lead in 2007. Working closely with CMT trainees gave me a more in depth understanding of their educational and training needs and the challenges of delivering high quality local teaching programmes to cover the CMT curriculum.

My commitment to CMT encouraged me to become a TPD. I am keen to ensure that trainees are exposed to excellent learning opportunities and a high standard of training across the region, and that our placements are attractive and responsive to trainees’ needs.

Dr Burhan Khan MBBS, BSc, FCPS, PG Dip (KCL), FRCP (UK)
Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Internal Medicine 

Burhan Khan

I trained on the South East Thames rotation and was appointed a Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General (Internal) Medicine at Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford Kent in 2010. I am the Pleural Lead at DVH and an interventional pulmonologist performing pleural ultrasound and pleural interventions, medical thoracoscopy and EBUS TBNA.

I have been the Royal College of Physicians College Tutor at DVH since 2010 and was appointed Training Programme Director for Core medicine for HE KSS in 2013. 

I have established a number of national courses for doctors and allied health professionals and leads on practical procedures and Nin-invasive ventilation training for HEKSS CMTs. I also lead on the delivery of the CMT Regional Training Days and I am involved in the appointment and ARCO process.



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