Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound (FAMUS) - point of care ultrasound for the Acute Medical Unit

Acute Med. 2016;15(4):193-196.


Point of care ultrasound (POCU) is becoming increasingly popular as an extension to clinical examination techniques. Specific POCU training pathways have been developed in specialties such as Emergency and Intensive Care Medicine (CORE Emergency Ultrasound and Core UltraSound Intensive Care, for example), but until this time there has not been a curriculum for the acutely unwell medical patient outside of Critical Care. We describe the development of Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound (FAMUS), a curriculum designed specifically for the Acute Physician to learn ultrasound techniques to aid in the management of the unwell adult patient. We detail both the outline of the curriculum and the process involved for a candidate to achieve FAMUS accreditation. It is anticipated this will appeal to both Acute Medical Unit (AMU) clinicians and general physicians who deal with the unwell or deteriorating medical or surgical patient. In time, the aspiration is for FAMUS to become a core part of the AIM curriculum.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Critical Care
  • Curriculum*
  • Education, Medical, Continuing / organization & administration
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler*