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Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certificate of Completion

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certificate of Completion

This program offers comprehensive, hands-on experience. Take individual courses, or earn the Certificate of Completion (COC) in Point-of-Care Ultrasound. 

Program Requirements

(Must be completed within 3 years of starting the program; listed in recommended order of completion. Portfolio images must be generated and collected personally after attending one of the three required live courses).

  1. Attend Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care
    Review key elements of point-of-care ultrasonography, and practice image acquisition on human models. Ultrasound images demonstrating normal and pathologic findings offer a comprehensive learning opportunity. Starting in December 2017, a special half-day track, designed specifically for hospitalists, will be offered. This course is offered three times per year at the CHEST Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center in Glenview, Illinois.

    December 1-3, 2017
    Glenview, IL

  2. Complete Online Learning Module: Bedside Ultrasound in Critical Care CAE Online
    Supplement, strengthen, and refine your ultrasound coursework. Designed by frontline intensivist experts in ultrasonography, these interactive, multimedia e-learning tutorials review essential components of point-of-care ultrasound. Note: CME for Modules expired December 31, 2014. Purchase in CHEST’s Online Store.

  3. Attend Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Hospitalist Pre-course
    This pre-course is offered at the Society of Hospital Medicine annual meeting and 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.

    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    Orlando, FL

  4. Attend an Approved Experiential POCUS Course
    Enhance your practice by attending one of these five approved regional experiential courses.

    1. SHM Chapter Meeting POCUS Course – Minneapolis (September 2017 – attendance counts)
    2. CHEST: Integration into Clinical Practice course – Chicago (November 2017)
    3. Point-of-care General Medicine Ultrasound – AIUM/ACP/SUSME – Portland (July 2017 – attendance counts)
    4. Point-of-care Ultrasound Workshop – San Antonio (March 2018)
    5. ACP Ultrasound Pre-course (April 2017-18)
  5. Complete Online Portfolio
    After completion of one of the live ultrasound courses, you are eligible to enroll in the portfolio. The online portfolio requires submission of 209 ultrasound video clips for review by faculty. Access to the portfolio will only be granted after completing a live course.

    A key element to training in point-of-care ultrasonography is bedside scanning practice. To foster self-directed learning, you will be required to assemble a portfolio of specific images to be reviewed and approved by a faculty member via the internet. Expect a productive educational experience with peer-to-peer training that will foster ongoing scanning practice and yield high-quality image acquisition. You will need to have access to an ultrasound machine with image storage capability. Images should be recorded and exported directly from an ultrasound machine for upload to the online portfolio.

    The emphasis for portfolio development will be on quality of imaging. While specific examples of disease are not required, with the exception of lung and pleural images, they are welcome. You may submit all normal images. If you will be teaching point-of-care ultrasound to other providers, consider developing your own teaching file, and this portfolio can start this process. See below for specific Requirements for Portfolio Image Collection. Portfolio registration will be available starting in December 2017.

  6. Pass a Final Comprehensive Final Assessment
    All previous requirements must be met before taking the final written and hands-on exam. Opportunities to complete the final assessments are offered during the SHM Annual Meeting and likely other conferences in the future. CME is not offered for the portfolio or the final assessment. Exam registration will be available starting in December 2017.

Participants are required to complete the COC program within 3 years.

Target Audience

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certificate of Completion is designed for all health-care providers interested in improving their bedside ultrasound skills. The program is geared primarily toward providers who care for acutely-ill patients

    • Hospitalists
      • Internal medicine
      • Family medicine
    • Advanced Practice Providers
      • Nurse practitioners
      • Physician assistants

For more information:

Image Portfolio Requirements

Cardiac Images

Lung & Pleural Images

Abdominal Images

Lower extremity DVT Images

Skin & Soft Tissue Images