Who are these courses for?
• The courses are for doctors, PAs and ANPs who want to learn Point of Care Ultrasound.
• You do not need previous practical ultrasound experience.
What’s the structure of the courses?
• They last half a day and are purely practical with groups of 3 delegates rotating through stations.
• In each station a mentor is present to demonstrate, guide and assist the delegates.
• In the stations the activities include:
– Scanning of healthy models;
– Discussion of clips showing pathologies;
– Simulation of clinical scenarios (also with the use of a simulator); and
– Practice of clinical skills on phantoms.
• No formal lecture is delivered during the course; all lectures are sent online beforehand.
Which kind of accreditation do these courses provide?
• These are the introductory, compulsory, courses to the FAMUS (Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound) and the FUSIC (Focused Ultrasound in Intensive Care – Heart, Lung, Abdomen, Vascular modules) accreditation.
• Accreditation is achieved once you have completed your logbook.
Are Focused Acute Medicine Ultrasound (FAMUS) and Focused Ultrasound in Intensive Care (FUSIC) Lung + Abdomen + Vascular modules equivalent courses?
Yes they are. The Society for Acute Medicine (SAM), for FAMUS, and the Intensive Care Society (ICS), who sponsors FUSIC, mutually recognize the other course as equivalent for the accreditation in the curriculum they promote.
Do I have to complete the theory module before the course?
• It is strongly advised since the course is practical stations only, and very intense.
• Additional teaching and tips will be given with the expectation that you have the basic knowledge and understanding from the online training.
What is a Supervisor?
• For FAMUS, you need a FAMUS-accredited Supervisor.
• For FUSIC Heart, you need a FUSIC Heart and BSE-accredited Supervisor.
• You need a Supervisor to finalise the completion of your training and to obtain your accreditation.
• If you don’t have one in your hospital you may look for one in a nearby hospital or enquire from us during the course.
• A Supervisor can also act as a Mentor.
What is a Mentor?
• A Mentor is someone skilled in a particular area of ultrasound (Lung, Vascular, Heart etc) who can directly supervise the first 10 scans (compulsory) and support you during the completion of your portfolio.
• A Mentor who is not FUSIC/BSE or FAMUS accredited can’t act as a Supervisor.
Can the mentoring be done remotely with the REsUS initiative?
• Yes, however the REsUS initiative cannot substitute for the direct supervision of the first scans by a local Mentor (for example of the first 10 for the FUSIC heart module).
• In case of withdrawing from the course after submitting application (and payment) the candidate must notify POCUS Frimley as soon as possible by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidates may receive a full refund (minus a 5% fee) if they cancel their place on a course 4 weeks or more before the start of the course date.
Those who wish to cancel their place up to 1 week before the start of the course but less than 4 weeks will receive a 50% refund ( minus a 5% admin fee) a transfer to a later course during this period will incur a charge of 25% of the course fee.
Candidates wishing to cancel less than 7 days before the start of a course cannot be offered a refund or transfer because it will be too late to fill the vacated place.
The following exceptions apply:
• If the cancellation is attributable to serious and documented health reasons, irrespective of when notification is received, £50 for each course booked will be retained to cover expenses and the difference will be calculated as a discount for a course to be carried out within the following year.
• The same policy applies to candidates who have to cancel the application for reasons related to COVID-19 (contact or symptoms with need to isolate and isolation finishing after the date of the course).