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Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Mentorship Program

May–October 2021

Early bird pricing available through February 22, 2021.

Registration for this course is closed.

The deadline to register for this course is April 8, 2021. No registrations will be accepted after this date.

Ultrasound Course

Continue your point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) learning and become more proficient in practice. This live, virtual course provides personalized POCUS training through expert mentorship to help internists solidify and advance skills, building on training received from a previous foundational POCUS course. You’ll register with a learning partner to continue your training in a dyad format while also receiving individualized livestream coaching and mentoring.

Virtual, Live Training

View this demonstration of how you’ll interact with your instructor
via monitoring software and hand-held ultrasound equipment, provided by ACP.
Music from Bensound.

Grow your skills with ongoing hands-on, livestream remote video and mentored scanning sessions. Over the course of six months, live instruction will cover content personalized to your needs across five key POCUS skill areas, including pulmonary, cardiac, kidney, and bladder ultrasound; evaluation of abdomen for free fluid; and focused vascular evaluations of the lower extremity for deep venous thrombosis.

Expert-Led

Benefit from directly observed feedback and high-yield skills demonstrations. Clinical internal medicine POCUS experts across the country will share perspectives on clinical integration and work closely with you to answer your questions regarding practical implementation.

Learn in Pairs

Participants register with a local colleague. Each dyad will receive:

  • 2 hours of virtual mentoring time per month
  • Attendance at 2 one-hour group image review sessions led by the course directors

Equipment Provided

Participants will be provided with a handheld ultrasound unit and given access to a remote learning platform to use for the duration of the course. This ultrasound device will enable participants to share a live ultrasound stream with a remote mentor via their computer or tablet.

Capstone Project

Participants will be required to complete a capstone project in a core area of POCUS over the 6-month course. Each participant will be assigned a faculty mentor for the capstone to ensure that the project is focused and moving forward. Successful course completion, including demonstrated competencies and the capstone project presentation, will be recognized with a completion certificate. Plus, participants can earn up to 17 CME credits/MOC points. Space is limited to 24 dyads.

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Objectives

  1. Demonstrate ability to correctly acquire, interpret, and clinically integrate normal and abnormal ultrasound images for the following core internal medicine POCUS examinations:
    • Pulmonary ultrasound
    • Focused cardiac ultrasound
    • Kidney and bladder ultrasound
    • Evaluation of abdomen for free fluid
    • Focused vascular evaluations of the lower extremity for deep venous thrombosis
  2. Demonstrate ability to troubleshoot commonly occurring problems in obtaining optimized images across multiple sonographic windows
  3. Describe nuances of clinical integration for various POCUS findings
  4. Generate a plan for personal implementation of internal medicine POCUS into local clinical practice and a plan for continual skill refinement

Faculty

David M. Tierney, MD, FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Director, IMBUS Program
Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Education
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, MN

Michael Wagner, MD
Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound
Division of Hospitalist Medicine/General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Prisma Health-Upstate and University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, SC

Course Instructors

Keith R. Barron, MD, FACP
Director, Internal Medicine Ultrasound
Assistant Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Prisma Health Midlands
Columbia, SC

Mary Blumer, MD
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Hospitalist/ Internal Medicine Clinic
Clinical Associate Professor, University of South Carolina- Greenville SOM
PRISMA Health
Greenville, SC

Janice Boughton, MD, FACP, RDMS

Benjamin T. Galen, MD, FACP
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Hospital Medicine)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Associate Program Director and Director of Ultrasound and Procedure Training
The Einstein/Montefiore Internal Medicine Residency Program
Bronx, NY

Gigi Liu, MD, MSc, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director of POCUS Education, Osler Internal Medicine Residency
Hospitalist/Proceduralist/COVIDist
Division of Hospital Medicine
Department of Medicine
Department of Interventional Radiology
Johns Hopkins Hospital

Irene Ma, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACP, RDMS, RDCS
Professor
John A. Buchanan Chair
Division of General Internal Medicine
Cumming School of Medicine
University of Calgary
Calgary Alberta Canada

Noelle Northcutt, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz
Director, Point of Care Ultrasound, Division of Hospital Medicine, Denver Health

Peter Phan, MD, FACP
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

Kevin Piro, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship Director
Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education
Division of Hospital Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR

Christopher J. Smith, MD, FACP
Associate Professor
Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound
Department of Internal Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Kang Zhang, MD, FACP
Associate Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency Spokane, WA
Clinical Assistant Professor/Internal Medicine Clerkship Director Site Director
Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
University of Washington School of Medicine, Spokane, WA

CME Information

The American College of Physicians is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of  17 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Information

Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 17 MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credit claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Prerequisites

In order to register, all participants must be a practicing physician and:

  • Indicate prior foundations course completion from one of the following courses:
    • Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internists and Hospitalists Pre-Course at Internal Medicine Meeting 2018
    • Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Internists and Hospitalists Pre-Course at Internal Medicine Meeting 2019
    • POCUS: Foundational Skills for Internists course (November 2019 in Rosemont, IL)
    • Alternate introductory 2-day course that included a minimum of 50% hands-on time or other significant experience.
      • Indicate name of course or experience
      • Upload course completion document or explanation of experience

Prior to the start of the course, participants will be required to complete ACP’s POCUS online learning modules.

Ultrasound Equipment and Learning Platform

Participants are required to use ultrasound equipment loaned by ACP. Each dyad will receive one device that integrates with an ultrasound learning platform. Users will be able to share the live ultrasound stream from the device with a remote colleague or mentor on a mobile device, tablet, or computer. This allows both parties to simultaneously view the live ultrasound image, as well as the live webcam video stream, and provide real-time feedback.

Live Ultrasound Models

Participants will be responsible for obtaining a live model to scan during the sessions and may use each other or a volunteer model for that role.

Model Release Form

Dates and Registration Information

Register on or Before February 15, 2021

 

Register After February 15, 2021

 

ACP Member, Life Member, FACP, MACP

$2,000

ACP Member, Life Member, FACP, MACP

$2,200

ACP Resident or Fellow Member

$1,600

ACP Resident or Fellow Member

$1,760

Non-Member Physician

$2,500

Non-Member Physician

$2,700

Registration fees listed are per learner.

Registration for this course is closed.

Orientation Session

April 27, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET

Mentoring Sessions

Dyads can select either the third Thursday or third Friday of each month for remote mentoring.

There is flexibility in the schedule and session dates can be adjusted, if necessary.

Third Thursday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET — 24 Maximum Registrants (12 Dyads)
May 20, 2021
June 17, 2021
July 15, 2021
August 19, 2021
September 16, 2021
October 21, 2021

Third Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET — 24 Maximum Registrants (12 Dyads)
May 21, 2021
June 18, 2021
July 16, 2021
August 20, 2021
September 17, 2021
October 22, 2021

Image Review Sessions

August 20, 2021, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m. ET
October 15, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. ET

Capstone

October 28, 2021 or October 29, 2021, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET. You will be asked to select one date to present your capstone but are invited to view both presentation sessions.

David Tierney, MD FACP
Program Director, Internal Medicine Residency
Director, IMBUS Program
Department of Internal Medicine and Medical Education
Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Minneapolis, MN

David Tierney, MD FACP

David Tierney, MD FACP is an Internist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he has practiced since 2003. He is the Internal Medicine Residency Program Director and clinically works as a hospitalist and proceduralist. He is the founder and director of the Internal Medicine Bedside Ultrasound program (known as IMBUS) that has trained over 200 inpatient and outpatient internal medicine residents/faculty since its inception in 2010. He is also the founder and director of the Internal Medicine bedside procedure team and the Abbott Northwestern Center for Clinical Simulation (both established in 2006).

Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, FAIUM
Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound
Division of Hospitalist Medicine/General Internal Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Prisma Health-Upstate and University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Greenville, SC

Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, FAIUM

Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, FAIUM, is a general internist for Prisma Health-Upstate and an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville, SC. As the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound, he is responsible for coordinating and overseeing POCUS activities in the department of medicine across 6 medical campuses at the CME, GME, and UME level. Dr. Wagner is helping advance the field of IMPOCUS nation-wide through speaking engagements, hands-on workshops, online resources, publications, and serving in leadership positions for numerous medical organizations. Other professional areas of interest include physical diagnosis and clinical reasoning, simulation and bedside teaching.


Cancellation/Refund Policy
Notice of registration cancellation must be in writing via mail, fax, or email. Cancellations will not be accepted by telephone. Cancellations submitted by April 8, 2021 will receive a full refund. After April 8, 2021, no refunds will be given. A refund that results from a cancellation will be returned to the name on the registration form and in the original method of payment.