Advanced EM Ultrasonography

Dates and Fees

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.

Live Webinar Recording

Recording of an AEMUS focused practice designation webinar hosted by Marianne Gausche-Hill, M.D., and John L. Kendall, M.D., who will discuss the details and take questions.

Related Information


Physicians seeking to take the focused practice designation 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
FPD AEMUS infographic (1)

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 Focused Practice Designation Examination will be offered every two years, in even-numbered years. The first exam will be offered March 7-11, 2022. 


The application period for the examination in Advanced EM Ultrasonography is open June 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021.


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

Registration for those with approved applications will be open June 1, 2021 - March 1, 2022. The exam registration fee is $1,745. 

Taking the Exam

Information about the examination will be posted as it becomes available.

Content Specifications

The Core Content of Clinical Ultrasonography Fellowship Training (Core Content) is the basis for all AEMUS examination content.

The Core Content defines the content for ABEM’s AEMUS examination. The distribution of exam questions based on content area is as follows:

 Physics and Technical Aspects of Ultrasonography  10 ± 5%
 Anatomic/Diagnostic Ultrasound   60 ± 5%
 Procedural Ultrasound  10 ± 5%
 Clinical Ultrasonography Training with Non-Emergency Medicine Specialties*   0%
 Education and Research Skills  10 ± 5%
 Administration and Quality  10 ± 5%

For examination purposes, this content area is contained within Administration and Quality


ABEM sends physician's the results of their examination in writing within 90 days of the date of the exam. Results are also posted on the physician's ABEM Portal.