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POCUS Mentorship Program Frequently Asked Questions
How do I register as part of a dyad?
If you are the first member of your dyad to register, you will be considered the primary member. As the primary member, you’ll select the monthly session schedule, and the loaned ultrasound unit will be mailed to you at your shipping address. After you’ve entered your information, you’ll be asked to indicate the name and email address of the other member of your dyad. ACP will send an email to this person with a link to register. They will have three days to register. Both you and your partner will receive an email confirmation indicating your selected session times.
Who can I choose as the other member of my dyad?
The other member of your dyad must be a practicing physician (Residents and Fellows are not eligible) who has completed 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
Since the dyad will be learning together and sharing the use of an ultrasound unit, choose someone local to you (your institution, practice, or someone who lives nearby), so that you can conveniently be together for the mentoring sessions.
Who can be an ultrasound model?
Anyone can. Most simply, you and the other member of your dyad can play the role of ultrasound model for each other. You’ll both be asked to sign a model release form when you register. Or, you can ask a medical student, resident, fellow, colleague, family member or friend. Just be sure that you obtain a completed Model Release from whoever is serving as your ultrasound model and submit it to ACPPOCUS@acponline.org.
What type of ultrasound machine will be used?
Participants will be mailed a handheld ultrasound unit and given access to an online learning platform. This platform will allow users 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. Before the ultrasound loan ships, you’ll receive more detailed information about the device. Participants will be required to mail the units back to ACP at the completion of the course. Your Certificate of Completion will be withheld until the unit is returned.
Can I use my own portable ultrasound unit?
No. In order to maximize a focused understanding among registrants and faculty, you are required to learn while using the device that will be sent to you on loan.
How do I set up my ultrasound unit?
The ultrasound unit will be sent to you approximately one month prior to the start of the course, with simple instructions for the set-up. Please take time prior to the course to try out the unit in the location where you’ll be during your mentorship session to make sure there are no issues with firewalls, security, etc. If you’re having any technical difficulties, please contact ACPPOCUS@acponline.org. It’s important that you iron out any issues prior to the start of the course as help might not be immediately available.
What will be required for the Capstone Project?
Participants will have three capstone formats to choose from:
- A digital poster that could be presented in a virtual poster session, including images/clips and a clinical/research question and answer.
- A teaching Powerpoint presentation (30 slides) with a plan for implementation.
- A portfolio of selected patient cases with images and clinical data focused around a theme.
Templates for these capstone formats will be sent to participants prior to the start of the course. Each participant will be assigned a faculty mentor who will be available to answer questions and guide you to ensure you stay on target for completion of your capstone.
How do I claim CME for this course?
Instructions on how to claim CME/MOC for this course will be sent to participants prior to the start of the course. Up to 17 CME credits will be available for this course.
What if I’m not able to attend the Orientation Session?
The orientation session will be recorded and all registrants will be sent a link to the recording.
What if I have a last minute conflict and am not able to participate in a scheduled mentor session?
If this happens, please contact ACP at ACPPOCUS@acponline.org and your mentor for the month to reschedule your session.
What if I have a last minute conflict and am not able to participate in the capstone presentation session?
If this happens, please contact ACPPOCUS@acponline.org for instructions.
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 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 15.5 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.