Advanced EM Ultrasonography

ABEM offers a Focused Practice Designation (FPD) in Advanced EM Ultrasonography.

The FPD recognizes expertise held by emergency physicians with sophisticated, comprehensive knowledge of advanced emergency ultrasonography. While residency-trained emergency physicians have acquired basic expertise applying ultrasound in the emergency department, those physicians who specialize in AEMUS will have acquired a greater breadth and depth of knowledge in advanced techniques, research, and quality improvement skills.

The FPD is available only to ABEM-certified physicians.

Related Information


Physicians seeking to take the certification examination in Advanced EM Ultrasonography must:

  1. Be certified by ABEM.
  2. ABEM-certified physicians must successfully complete the training, training plus practice, or practice pathways as specified in the eligibility criteria
  3. Complete and submit the application to ABEM
  4. Actively participate in the ABEM continuing certification process.
  5. Fulfill the Policy on Medical Licensure

Eligible Training

Approval of fellowship training programs under an FPD falls outside of the purview of ACGME. The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC) accredits training programs based on AEMUS Program Requirements. Additional information is available on the EUFAC website. Questions can be addressed to or

Exam Process

The Advanced EM Ultrasonography Certification Examination will be offered every two years, in even-numbered years. The first exam will be offered in 2022. An implementation timeline will be available on the ABEM website as details become available.


The application period for the examination in Advanced EM Ultrasonography will open in 2021.


Physicians with approved applications will be notified how to register for the examination and schedule an appointment at a Pearson VUE testing center.

Taking the Exam

The first exam will be offered in 2022. Information about the examination will be posted as it becomes available.

Content Specifications

Content Specifications for the examination in Advanced EM Ultrasonography will be posted as they become available.


ABEM sends candidates the results of their examination in writing within 90 days of the date of the examination. Results are also posted on the candidates ABEM Personal Access Page.