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Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Internal Medicine

Ultrasound Training

Quicker and safer than other screening modalities, ultrasound allows the clinician to use a focused diagnostic modality directly at the patient’s bedside.

The use of ultrasound at the point of care has been expanding, prompting ACP to partner with leading organizations in the field. ACP has teamed up with the American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine (AIUM) and the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) to develop Ultrasound CME educational training opportunities to promote the appropriate use of ultrasound.


Upcoming Events

Point-of-Care & General Medicine Ultrasound Course

July 21-23, 2018

ACP members receive the AIUM member rate when registering with code ACP250.

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A 3-Year Course: Implementation of POCUS Training within Internal Medicine Residency Programs

Thursday, August 16, 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT

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Ultrasound Courses for Physicians

Our ongoing education programs include live ultrasound webinars, live ultrasound courses and a library of recorded ultrasound webinars.

Recorded Webinars

View past webinars for informational purposes. If you attended a live webinar, you can still take a quiz and earn free CME.

PEARLS: A Physical Exam with Pocket Sized Ultrasound for Routine Use (1:08:28) Recorded October 5, 2017

Presented by:
Janice Boughton MD, FACP, RDMS and Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS

After this session the participant will be able to:

  1. Give several examples of how adding a brief comprehensive ultrasound to the physical exam can change diagnosis and treatment,
  2. Describe the ultrasound physical using the PEARLS mnemonic, and
  3. Understand some of the history of how physicians use ultrasound at the bedside to enhance physical diagnosis.

Getting a CLUE - Pearls and Pitfalls (56:22) Recorded June 7, 2017

Presented by:
Bruce Kimura, MD

In this video, Bruce Kimura, MD, explains the concepts of cardiac limited ultrasound examination (CLUE) in point-of-care ultrasound diagnostic evaluation; discusses pearls and common pitfalls to CLUE; and demonstrates the use of CLUE on a clinical case of dyspnea and hypotension.

Ultrasound to Manage Acute Dyspnea at the Bedside (53:22) Recorded December 22, 2016

Presented by:
Dana Resop, MD

In this video, Dana Resop, MD, discusses the benefits of bedside point-of-care ultrasound vs. other imaging modalities in the acutely dyspneic patient; explains how to apply an algorithmic approach of ultrasound lung artifacts to determine the cause of acute dyspnea; and describes how ultrasound evaluation of cardiac, deep veins, and inferior vena cava can add to lung ultrasound in determining causes of dyspnea.

Internal Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound - A Weekend on the Wards (56:38) Recorded June 28, 2016

Presented by:
Renee Dversdal, MD

Renee Dversdal, MD, discusses the use of point-of-care/beside ultrasound. In this webinar, she covers the use of point-of-care (POCUS) ultrasound for diagnosis versus monitoring of treatment; shares at least five POCUS applications pertinent to the care of Internal medicine patients; and describes at least two POCUS uses that can augment your physical exam and clinical decision making in real time.

Ultrasound of the Lung: What is it and how do I use it on my patient? (1:00:36) Recorded March 29, 2016

Learning objectives for this webinar include:

  • Basics of lung ultrasound examination protocols
  • Common lung ultrasound artifacts important in patient evaluation
  • Common pathology detected and ruled out with lung ultrasound
  • Strategies for using lung ultrasound clinically in your practice

Presented by:
Michael Blaivas, MD, MBA (candidate), FACEP, FAIUM and
Anjali Bhagra, MD, FACP

Basic Abdominal POCUS for the General Internist (53:28) Recorded September 21, 2016

Learning objectives include:

  • The standard views used for identifying intra-abdominal fluid
  • Recognizing the presence of intra-abdominal free fluid and differentiate free fluid from mimickers
  • Identifying normal sonoanatomy of the kidneys
  • Recognizing the presence of hydronephrosis

Presented by:
Irene W.Y. Ma, MD, PhD

Ultrasound in a Primary Care Office-based Setting (1:00:58) Recorded October 13, 2015

The curriculum provides an overview of best practices when using ultrasound in a primary care office-based setting. Learning objectives include:

  • Defining the role of ultrasound in primary care
  • Identifying at least three office-based clinical applications of ultrasound
  • Identifying an ultrasound training strategy for the primary care provider

A collaboration between ACP, the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), this webinar was led by Richard Hoppmann, MD, FACP, Dean Emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Director, Ultrasound Institute, Dorothea H. Krebs Endowed Chair of Ultrasound Education.

CME Accreditation Information

The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide CME activities for physicians.

The AIUM designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Live Courses

Expert faculty provides a comprehensive and in-depth look at how and where medical Ultrasound can effectively be used in point-of-care and general medicine settings. CME is offered. ACP members receive discounts on registration.

Point-of-Care & General Medicine Ultrasound Course

July 21-23, 2018

Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, OR

This course is designed to cover point-of-care ultrasound for generalists. Live demonstrations, simulations, and didactic lectures will be used to provide a comprehensive and in-depth look at how and where medical ultrasound can effectively be used in point-of-care and general medicine settings. The faculty has created an event that focuses on learning through the observation-practice-feedback model.

We will ensure that you come away from the course with a well-founded grounding in the basic techniques, including focused cardiac, lung, abdomen, DVT, musculoskeletal/soft tissue, and procedural ultrasound, and that these techniques lay the foundation for a safe and effective ultrasound practice.

ACP members receive the AIUM member rate when registering with code ACP250.

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Live Webinars

Sign up for quarterly webinars that focus on the use of Ultrasound in primary and critical care. These webinars are free to ACP members, and they offer CME.

There are no live webinars scheduled currently.

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