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Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) for Internal Medicine

The American College of Physicians is acknowledging the important role of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in internal medicine.

Ultrasound Training

In recent years, POCUS has been used by an increasing number of internal medicine specialists and subspecialists to improve diagnostic timeliness and accuracy.

ACP is collaborating with other professional societies to facilitate the implementation of appropriate uses of POCUS throughout internal medicine training and practice. 

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POCUS Learning Activites

Learning activities within ACP's Online Learning Center focus on a number of POCUS-related topics. CME and MOC available for each activity.  

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Ultrasound Courses for Physicians

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

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.

Presented by The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM)

Point-of-Care and General Medicine Ultrasound Course SOLD OUT
July 20 – 22, 2019
Portland, OR

This is course is now sold out. 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.

ACP Members receive a special rate.

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.

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

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.

ACP MEMBERS: Discuss this topic in the Member Forum on Point of Care Ultrasound.