Regional Hands-On Ultrasound Course

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The Emergency Ultrasound Section of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (EUSAAEM) is proud to introduce the EUS-AAEM Regional Hands-On Ultrasound Course. This half or full-day course has been designed to be the ultimate hands-on custom training based on topics you select and offers a comprehensive, hands-on experience to learn the fundamentals of point-of-care ultrasound. After didactic lectures with state-of-the-art audiovisual presentations led by veteran faculty, participants will have ample time for hands-on scanning in small groups of five participants (maximum) to one instructor ratio.

EUS-AAEM’s Regional Hands-On Ultrasound Course is ideal for individual sites or groups of learners as we come to you!

EUS-AAEM course faculty are ultrasound fellowship-trained, board-certified emergency medicine physicians that are experienced, engaging, and flexible to meet your needs. The course faculty have years of experience in providing expert hands-on ultrasound education to learners at all levels. The American Academy of Emergency Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Also, ultrasound scan procedure logs verifying your scans can be built into the course!

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Benefits of the EUS-AAEM Regional Hands-On Ultrasound Course

  • Access to EUS-AAEM Unmute Your Probe virtual ultrasound course recordings for 1 year
  • No need to travel to individual courses as we come to you!
  • Limited group size the maximize hands-on scan time and individual instruction
  • Live patient scanning
  • Coaching on scanning technique and tips to optimize image quality and reduce scan time
  • Ideal for community physicians, advanced practice practitioners and other healthcare professionals interested in point of care ultrasound
  • Opportunity for procedure logs verifying completion of proctored scans
  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM

Suggested Schedule

  • Morning: Basic Ultrasound covering e-FAST, Aorta, and Limited Echo/Thoracic
  • Afternoon: Advanced Ultrasound skills. Sites will select three modules: lower extremity DVT, MSK (including skin and soft tissue), Ocular, USGIV/procedural
  • An optional ultrasound skill verification check can be built into the afternoon session in a place of an advanced application.

What You Will Learn

Aorta
  • Understand the surface landmarks for appropriate transducer positioning to perform sonographic examinations of the thoracic and abdominal aorta
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and visualize landmarks for the aorta in the transverse and longitudinal scanning planes
  • Understand the sonographic findings and pitfalls for identifying pathology including aortic aneurysm
  • Understand the utility of motion modality (M-mode) and demonstrate its use
Limited Echo
  • Demonstrate the surface landmarks and transducer position necessary to perform a cardiac POCUS
  • Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the heart using standard views (subcostal, parasternal long, parasternal short and apical windows)
  • Identify pathologic conditions such as pericardial effusion, right ventricular strain, and cardiac tamponade
Thoracic
  • Demonstrate the surface landmarks and transducer position necessary to perform a evaluation of the thoracic cavity
  • Demonstrate sonographic landmarks of the ribs, pleura, diaphragm and lung parenchyma
  • Review and understand the sonographic artifacts of normal and pathologic pulmonary conditions that give pulmonary ultrasound its diagnostic capacity. This includes, but is not limited to, pleural imaging, the "lung sliding sign," B-line and comet tail identification for extravascular pulmonary congestion and pleural effusion imaging techniques
eFAST
  • Understand the surface landmarks for appropriate transducer positioning to perform the Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (eFAST) examination
  • Understand the sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships of the heart, liver, spleen and bladder as they relate to the FAST examination
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and visualize potential intra-abdominal and thoracic spaces for free fluid to collect
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and visualize pneumothorax
  • Understand the sonographic findings and pitfalls for identifying life-threatening trauma conditions such as cardiac tamponade, hemo/pneumothorax and intra-abdominal hemorrhage
Vascular Access
  • Understand the sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships as they relate to the vasculature of the neck, upper extremity and groin
  • Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the internal jugular, basilic, brachial and axillary veins in live patient models
  • Demonstrate ultrasound guided cannulation on vascular simulator
Lower Extremity DVT
  • Describe the sonographic landmarks and anatomical relationships as they relate to the vasculature of the lower extremity
  • Acquire and interpret sonographic images of the femoral and popliteal veins
  • Demonstrate compression technique of lower extremity veins
Musculoskeletal-General
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound compared to other imaging modalities
  • Demonstrate the appearances of various tissues on diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Correctly apply ultrasound basic concepts so as to ensure proper visualization of musculoskeletal structures
  • Evaluate for joint effusions and for procedural guidance
  • Evaluate for fractures
Ocular
  • Review and understand how sonography can reveal pathology of the eye and usefulness as a simple and cost-effective tool in investigating eye symptoms
  • Describe the normal ultrasound anatomy of the eye
  • Demonstrate ultrasound scans of the orbit
  • Identify sonographic appearance of retinal detachment, posterior vitreous hemorrhage, and lens dislocation

What EUS-AAEM Will Provide

EUS-AAEM will provide expert faculty to bring high quality ultrasound education to your site.
To maximize hands-on scanning time, there is a maximum of 5 learners per 1 instructor, with a minimum of two instructors required per course.

What the Host Institution or Group Is Responsible For

Space and Supplies
  • Space large enough to accommodate the group
  • One (1) ultrasound device per six learners plus gel (devices can be reserved by vendors)
  • Access to electrical outlets at each station
  • Cots or equivalent with linens and towels for each group/station
  • Bedside tables for machine placement at each station
  • AV equipment (projector/screen, HDMI/VGA connections)
  • Live scanning models (1 per station)
  • Hand sanitizer, masks
  • Sign-in table
  • Refreshments for attendees and faculty

Course Fee

  • AAEM Members: $210
  • AAEM/RSA Resident Members: $150
  • Non-AAEM members and non-physician attendees: $735

*A minimum of 5 attendees per course is required.

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Regional Hands-On Ultrasound Course, please email Kathy Uy, EUS-AAEM Staff Liasion, or call (800) 884-2236.

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