2018 Point-of-care Ultrasound AM
Point-of-care ultrasound has become an indispensable bedside tool in the care of acutely ill patients as portable ultrasound machines have become more compact and available in hospitals. As frontline providers, hospitalists are using point-of-care ultrasound to guide diagnostic work ups and perform invasive bedside procedures on their patients. This pre-course combines high-yield didactic sessions with hands-on training to teach the fundamentals of how to evaluate patients with point-of-care ultrasound. The pre-course starts with a review of the basics of ultrasound technology and then dives into the myriad of diagnostic ultrasound applications: focused cardiac ultrasound; evaluation of pleural effusions, pneumothorax, and ascites; evaluation for lower extremity deep venous thrombosis; and evaluation of abdominal organs. Participants experience low participant-to-faculty ratios in an interactive atmosphere that is highly conducive to learning. Imaging techniques are practiced on live models with experienced faculty teaching participants. This pre-course employs cutting-edge equipment and is led by expert faculty gathered from across the country.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants will be better able to:
- Recognize the fundamentals of ultrasound physics and technology, and basic operation of a portable ultrasound machine (“knobology”).
- Differentiate between the different types of ultrasound transducers and select the most appropriate transducer type for different point-of-care ultrasound applications.
- Demonstrate proper techniques to perform a focused cardiac and lung ultrasound exam and recognize common thoracic pathologies by interpreting abnormal thoracic ultrasound images.
- Visualize the normal sonographic appearance of abdominal solid organs and vasculature of the neck and lower extremities, and interpret a series of abnormal ultrasound images to recognize gross pathologies.
The Society of Hospital Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Society of Hospital Medicine designates this live activity Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Hospitalist for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 4.75 ABIM MOC Self Evaluation PointsSuccessful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4.75 MOC points [and patient safety MOC credit] 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 credits 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
- 4.75 Non-physician