ACUMEN is a web-based learning resource for trainees in acute and general medicine. It has been developed by the Federation of Royal Colleges of Physicians, in collaboration with e-Learning for Healthcare, to enable trainees to access e-learning sessions relevant to all levels of competence as described in the Acute Medicine curriculum.
ACUMEN will be of specific use to trainees in CMT and ACCS years but will also act as a useful "aide memoire" for more senior trainees. It is based on scenarios of patient presentations across a wide variety of medical specialties. The trainee has the opportunity to take a virtual history, examine the patient and then create a management plan and investigation list. This can then be compared with a similar plan of action created by an expert. These scenarios are supported by knowledge sessions covering the facts behind disparate pathological conditions. There are more than two hundred sessions to undertake and these are continuing to increase in number. While some of the scenarios cover common presentations some are less common and, in view of the limitations of exposure to some relatively common conditions that trainees may experience, these sessions will augment the learning that should occur within the work place.