1-day Focused Acute Medicine Echocardiography (FAME) course

FAME II is FUSIC accredited and supported by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). 

The Acute Medicine, Critical Care and Cardiovascular directorates are proud to be relaunching the FAME2 Echocardiography course for GSTT healthcare professionals.

Key Information

  • No prior experience of echocardiography required
  • 3-hours ‘hands-on’ practical session using a variety of portable echocardiography machines and live ‘models’ along with simulators
  • 4 delegates per group in the practical sessions
  • Interactive seminars and numerous case examples on how to assess patients with left ventricular, right ventricular, pericardial and valvular abnormalities
  • Interactive echo cases reviewing the use of screening echocardiography in real clinical scenarios
  • Limited spaces
  • Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis

About the course

FAME II is a 1-day Focused Acute Medicine Echocardiography (FAME) course that covers both theoretical and practical echocardiography skills required for healthcare professionals working in acute medicine. This course is the first step to achieving FUSIC echocardiography accreditation or BSE level 1 accreditation.

The course includes lectures from experienced FAME faculty, as well as 3.5 hours of individual practical scanning sessions. 

FAME II is FUSIC accredited and supported by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE). 

Course Content

  • Introduction to echocardiography, the role of focussed scans and BSE level 1 
  • Basics of ultrasound and machine controls, general ‘knobology’
  • Acquisition and interpretation of the four main echocardiography windows: PLAX, PSAX, Apical 4-Chamber and subcostal view.
  • Additional requirements for BSE: Obtaining measurements, colour flow doppler and using M mode.
  • Practical scanning of live participants and state-of-the-art pathology simulation machines. 
  • Interactive case based quiz for assessment of pathology in real clinical scenarios
  • How to get FUSIC and BSE Level 1 sign off, overview of accreditation requirements.

How is the course taught?

The FAME II course will begin with a range of short introductory lectures covering the basics of echocardiography, knobology and how to obtain the four main echocardiography windows. Following this, attendees will have dedicated practical scanning sessions to put theory into practice and gain confidence in achieving the basics of echocardiography.

In the afternoon, we will focus on recognising pathology, image optimisation, taking measurements and applying colour doppler. This will be followed by further practical scanning sessions on live participants and simulator machines with a broad range of common pathology. Our faculty will be on hand throughout the sessions to assist you in achieving the views and recognising pathology.

The course finishes with an interactive quiz using real-life cases to test the skills and knowledge attendees will obtain during the day.

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1-day Focused Acute Medicine Echocardiography (FAME) course

Simulation and Interactive Learning Centre (SaIL)
Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 7EH
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Partners and Registration

This course is brought to you by collaboration between the Critical Care and Acute Medicine departments along with our registered charity ‘Research Echocardiography’ at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

This course is a non-profit making course, in keeping with our charitable status. All proceeds and revenue is reinvested into the course to improve the learning experience for delegates.

Course Directors: Dr Jonah Powell-Tuck, Dr Nadia Short, Professor Ronak Rajani
Co-directors: Dr Calum Byrne, Dr Laura Tregidgo and Ms Jenna Smith.

This event is partnered with General Electric and Philips.


1 day hands on course, under guidance of professional cardiologists and radiologists.

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"The FAME 2 course was an excellent course on basic Echocardiography in the Acute setting. What I especially loved were the practical skills stations with the healthy volunteers and the simulations on the mannequins. All the tutors were very knowledgeable and provided very useful tips throughout the course. The lectures were fantastic. I learned so much in a day, and now, I feel much more confident in performing and interpreting Echo scans. I would definitely recommend this course to all my colleagues."

Dr Aditya Sengupta

"The standard of teaching and resources were among the best I've ever seen at any practical course!"

Dr John Holland

FAME II is FUSIC accredited and supported by the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE).