Acute medicine may have a different name depending on your hospital or Trust. Sometimes it you may hear it being referred to as AMU (Acute Medical Unit) or CDU (Clinical Decisions Unit). Regardless of the name used, you may find that your first medical rotation/job in the UK is in acute medicine, so let's discuss what you can expect.
Why Acute Medicine?
Acute medicine is a great place to start out if you want to see a variety of patients. While the influx is not as fast paced as that of A&E, you still have the opportunity to deal with a selection of patients that can help you later prepare for exams such as PACES.
The patients you will see will have already been initially managed and dealt with in A&E, where they were then deemed to be unfit to send home, and . . .