Training in Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS)

ACCS is a three-year core training programme normally following Foundation Year 2.  All ACCS trainees spend the first two years rotating through Emergency Medicine (six months), Acute Medicine (six months), Anaesthesia (minimum of three months) and Intensive Care Medicine (minimum of three months).   These four placements make up ACCS CT1 and ACCS CT2, followed by a third year in the chosen parent specialty.

The flow diagram below (extracted from the 2010 ACCS Curriculum) illustrates the ACCS training pathway:

ACCS routes of entry and training pathways


ACCS provides wider exposure to the other acute specialties than pure anaesthesia and also the complementary specialty requirements for dual training in Intensive Care Medicine.


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