This training series consists of 13 online, self-paced activities based on common applications for POCUS in internal medicine and with an emphasis on image analysis.
The activities listed below are designed to progress sequentially, starting with ACP POCUS 1: Obtaining Adequate Images for Interpretation. However, each activity in the curriculum can be viewed independently for targeted learning purposes.
Online activities and CME/MOC credit are free to ACP Members. Nonmembers may purchase access to claim CME/MOC credit for each module for $50.
ACP POCUS 1: Obtaining Adequate Images for Interpretation
This introduction to the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) transducers and imaging units provides foundational knowledge and prepares you to participate in subsequent modules and the ACP live POCUS training courses.
ACP POCUS 2: Lung Ultrasound
This guide provides necessary background information on POCUS techniques for assessing the lungs and chest and prepares you for engagement with ACP hands-on POCUS training.
ACP POCUS 3: Focused Cardiac Ultrasound
Enhance your diagnostic tools by completing this module on the basic principles of cardiac ultrasound imaging.
ACP POCUS 4: Intra-Abdominal Free Fluid
This module provides necessary background information on POCUS techniques for detecting and visualizing free abdominal fluid and prepares internists for engagement with hands-on POCUS training for use in the evaluation of intra-abdominal free fluid.
ACP POCUS 5: Urinary System
This module provides necessary background information on POCUS techniques for detecting and visualizing the urinary system and prepares internists for engagement with hands-on POCUS training for use in the evaluation of the urinary system.
ACP POCUS 6: Deep Venous Thrombosis
This guide provides necessary background information to prepare you for engagement with hands-on POCUS training for use in the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT).
ACP POCUS 7: Patient-Centered Scanning
Learn to refine procedural, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills to ensure your patients understand the expectations and limitations of a POCUS exam.
ACP POCUS 8: Skin/Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal
Building on your previous knowledge of POCUS skills, this module introduces you to the principles of ultrasound imaging of skin, soft tissue, and the musculoskeletal system (MSK) and reviews probe settings and techniques, image interpretation, and pathologies related to skin, soft tissue, and MSK.
ACP POCUS 9: Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
In this advanced module, you will work through using POCUS to scan for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) and review the pathologies, anatomic landmarks, and special techniques relevant to AAA ultrasound.
ACP POCUS 10: Gallbladder
In this advanced module, you will learn about the indications, anatomic landmarks, probe considerations and techniques, and other POCUS skills associated with scanning the gallbladder. You will also analyze examples of pathologic findings that you may encounter during such work.
ACP POCUS 11: Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal
In this advanced module, you will learn how to use POCUS to scan for knee and ankle pathologies. This module covers the most pertinent anatomic landmarks and techniques for lower extremity musculoskeletal ultrasound and common challenges with ultrasound scans in these areas.
ACP POCUS 12: Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal
This advanced module reviews how to use POCUS to scan for hand, wrist, and shoulder pathologies. It covers the anatomic landmarks and techniques for upper extremity musculoskeletal ultrasound through interactive elements, image analysis, case studies, and short video explanations from a POCUS expert.
ACP POCUS 13: PEARLS—An Ultrasound Physical Examination
This advanced module covers a structured point-of-care approach to enhance the traditional physical examination. The PEARLS exam provides a framework for learning how to perform a multi-system ultrasound exam.
ACP’s online POCUS activities are authored by physician faculty and are prerequisites for select In-Person POCUS Courses.