FAMUS - Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound

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Coronavirus update


**The joint SAM-ICS service evaluation has now closed - thankyou to everyone who participated**


Point of care ultrasound training continues to be challenging in the current environment. Clinician-patient contact is being minimised, and mentors and Supervisors are unlikely to be able to support training in the way intended. Additionally, courses are not likely to running at full capacity for the foreseeable future. We have therefore temporarily suspended the mandatory course attendance as part of the training process – please read our joint statement regarding this. We will also relax the timings associated with FAMUS accreditation, and recommend new registrations at this time only if you are confident you can complete the accreditation process despite these challenges. 

Despite this, there is also a rich opportunity to scan chest pathologies, and clear evidence that lung ultrasound has an important role in the diagnosis and management of COVID patients. We would therefore encourage you to continue scanning where clinically indicated and utilise local and/or remote mentors (using media transfer software including iMessage, WhatsApp or Pando where suitable – see NHSX guidance on our dedicated coronavirus page).

For information, resources, decision trees and more regarding FAMUS and coronavirus, please click here. For all other information related to FAMUS, please continue below.


Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound (FAMUS) is the point of care ultrasound standard created specifically for Acute Medicine physicians to aid the management of the acutely unwell adult patient. It is endorsed by the Society for Acute Medicine and recognised by the AIM training committee as a specialist skill.

Please see the links on the right (Related Pages) for relevant documents, and the following pages for information on how to register, how to accredit and useful information about the training. We recommend you download and read the curriculum pack which outlines the accreditation process in detail.

If you have any queries not covered by the following pages, please see our FAQ section with answers to the most common queries. If you are still unclear, please contact FAMUS@acutemedicine.org.uk  and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

How to accredit

FAMUS supervisors

FAMUS courses

FAMUS theory module

FAMUS thoracic module

FAMUS Abdominal/renal module

FAMUS DVT/peripheral vascular module

FAMUS useful documents and links

FAMUS frequently asked questions (FAQs)