• ACUMEN: training in acute medicine
    ACUMEN: training in acute medicine
    ACUMEN: training in acute medicine
    • Provides broad theoretical knowledge common to all acute medical specialities
    • Supports Early Years’ acute medical training
    • Interactive training sessions which can be accessed in any order you choose
Acute Medicine E-learning Course

Interactive training on emergency medical care

ACUMEN explores all aspects of acute medicine. It is aimed at physician trainees involved in core medical training (CMT) and acute care common stem (ACCS) but it also provides an ‘aide memoire’ for more advanced trainees. The programme has been developed by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Using this programme, you can complete scenario-based exercises involving 'virtual' patients with a range of symptoms from cardio-respiratory arrest through to breathlessness and chest pain. You can take a medical history, perform a virtual examination, create a management plan and review the patient outcomes. This novel approach consolidates the development of practical skills in the workplace.

You can also complete 200 high-quality knowledge sessions, which have been written and peer-reviewed by practising clinicians from across the UK. ACUMEN is available via the Internet so you can study in the workplace, at home or even on the move.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Course Content

ACUMEN includes e-learning sessions on the following subjects:


  • Abdominal Pain
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Cardio-respiratory Arrest
  • Shocked Patient
  • Unconscious Patient

Main conditions

  • Acute Back Pain
  • Acute Confusion
  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Blackout/Collapse
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest Pain
  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Falls
  • Fever
  • Fits/Seizure
  • Haematemesis and Melaena
  • Headache
  • Jaundice
  • Limb Pain and Swelling
  • Palpitation
  • Poisoning
  • Rash
  • Vomiting and Nausea
  • Weakness and Paralysis

Other topics covered

  • Haemoptysis
  • Hoarseness and Stridor
  • Hypothermia
  • Immobility
  • Joint Swelling
  • Medical Complications Following Surgery
  • Medical Problems in Pregnancy
  • Micturition
  • Speech Disturbance
  • Syncope/Pre-syncope
  • Unsteadiness


Keeping abreast of the challenges in acute medicine is an important part of the role of all physicians working at the front door of our hospitals. We welcome ACUMEN as an accessible, patient-focused way of developing and maintaining this vital medical knowledge.
Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, London


Single-user access to the ACUMEN e-learning programme for 12 months costs £100 (excluding VAT where applicable). You may also pay by monthly or quarterly subscription. To purchase a licence, please click on the Register button below.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

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