Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound programme

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 Acute Internal Medicine (AIM) training committee as a specialist skill.

More information

The e-learning programme consists of two modules and a formal assessment:

  • Ultrasound physics, artefacts and how to examine a patient with ultrasound
  • Introduction to the FAMUS modules:
    • Chest: learn about artefacts encountered in chest ultrasound, the appearances of pneumonia and pleural effusion and how to use the Bedside Lung Ultrasound in Emergency (BLUE) protocol to assess patients with respiratory failure
    • Abdomen: learn about the seven point FAMUS abdominal scan to exclude obstructive uropathy and about free fluid in the abdomen and the best location to sample it
    • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)/vascular access: learn about how to rule in a DVT and techniques for ultrasound guided needling.
  • Formal Assessment: You need 75% to pass and get your FAMUS certificate.

Meet the team

  • Martin Dachsel

    Dr Martin Dachsel

    Acute Medicine Consultant, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
  • Nick Smallwood

    Dr Nick Smallwood

    Acute Medicine Consultant, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
  • Jonathan Guy

    Senior Project Manager, HEE e-LfH programme
  • e-LfH staff - Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Lead Instructional Designer, HEE e-LfH programme

FAMUS committee

  • Nick Smallwood, Consultant Acute Medicine, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust, Chair
  • Eugene Tabiowo, Consultant Acute Medicine, Cwm Taf University Health Board, Cardiff, Secretary
  • Andrew Walden, Consultant Acute and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Berkshire Hospital
  • Ramprasad Matsa, Consultant Acute and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Stoke University Hospital
  • Hefin Jones, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Stoke University Hospital
  • Alastair Gilmore, Consultant Acute Medicine, Wirral University Teaching Hospital
  • Philip Lawrenson, Consultant Acute Medicine, Wirral University Teaching Hospital
  • David Murday, Consultant Acute Medicine, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Alex Horton, Consultant Radiologist, Royal Surrey County Hospital
  • Martin Dachsel, Consultant Acute Medicine, Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust
  • Jennie Stephens, Consultant Acute and Intensive Care Medicine, Royal Cornwall Hospital
  • Sneh Banik, Consultant Acute Medicine, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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