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ACP Point-of-Care Ultrasound Mentorship Program

May–October 2021

Early bird pricing available through February 15, 2021.

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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

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

Course Directors

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

Faculty: Faculty will be announced closer to the event.

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)
    • Other course that included at least 4 hours of hands-on learning 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.

Note: Residents and Fellows are not eligible to participate in this course.

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

Non-Member Physician

$2,500

Non-Member Physician

$2,700

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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.

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 15, 2021

Image Review Sessions

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