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Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Basics for Primary Care Hands-On Skills Session
Thursday, April 13, 2023
8:00AM – 12pm

UMass Chan Medical School’s interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) – Albert Sherman Center - 368 Plantation Street 
Worcester, MA 01605

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Sponsored by: interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS)

Course Description: Program participants receive a focused, hands-on experience centered on the fundamentals of point-of-care ultrasound.  The session will cover basic ultrasound skills and several applications geared towards primary care providers.  This session is aimed at those new to POCUS and will help build familiarity and consideration of application to their own practice, as well as some concrete skills to integrate into their work. Practice will occur with standardized patients and/or task trainer models required to demonstrate skills. 

Target Audience: Clinicians – advanced practice providers, nurses or physicians -- involved in primary care practice (10-15 attendees; session will not run if fewer than 8 registered) 

Learning Objectives:

  • Practice principles of ultrasound and knobology with point-of-care ultrasound device.
  • Identify the techniques to perform specific point-of-care ultrasound exams.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal image findings for specific point-of-care ultrasound exams.
  • Review anatomy and recognize potential applications through hands-on practice.

8:00 am

Registration Opens: Welcome to iCELS

8:30 am

Prebrief: Session Objectives, Instructions and Expectations of Learning Environment

8:50 am

Hand-On Session: Intro, Skills Practice and Examinations

11:30 am

Debrief: Reflection, Feedback and Q&A

12:00 pm

Session Concludes: Closing & Thank You

Session Format and Topics:

  • Didactic and hands-on skills application with deliberate practice using the butterfly POCUS and discussion of other models
  • General intro to equipment, principles, knobology and identification of various densities using ultrasound
  • Utilization of the FAST model for gaining comfort with bedside ultrasound
  • Apply this skill to primary-care focused exams such as:
  • Evaluation of the abdominal aorta
  • Bladder scan
  • Identification of soft tissue mass or abscess
  • Simulation educators will follow the prebrief-practice-debrief model with low learner to faculty ratio
  • Debrief will include discussion of issues related to different populations, technical challenges and how to continue to build skills

Location: UMass Chan Medical School’s interprofessional Center for Experiential Learning and Simulation (iCELS) – Albert Sherman Center, 368 Plantation Street, Worcester MA 01605 

Deadline: Pre-registration will be closed when space is full or on March 31, 2023.

Accreditation Information:

Physicians:  The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses: This program meets the requirements for 4.2 contact hours for nurses as specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in nursing (244-CMR 5.04). 

All Other Healthcare Professionals: Will receive a certificate which states the activity was designated for 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.

Physician Assistance: The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ for AAPA Category 1 CME Credit.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure: It is the policy of the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School to ensure fair balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all activities. All persons participating in CME activities provided by the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School are required to present evidence-based data, identify any off-label product use, and disclose all relevant financial relationships with those supporting the activity or others whose products or services are discussed. Faculty disclosures will be provided in the activity materials.

Cancellation policy:  If you cancel your registration before March 22, 2023, your fee is refundable less a processing charge of $75.  After that date, no refund will be given for any reason, including weather and other emergencies, substitutions are always welcome.   UMass Chan Office of Continuing Medical Education reserves the right to cancel a program at any time caused by circumstances not under its control.  Persons registered in a cancelled program will be notified by email, using the email address provided when registering for the program.  There may also be change in the program content cause by circumstances beyond the control of the Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Information and Special Needs: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Acts, if you have any special needs (dietary or any other) please notify the UMass Chan Office of Continuing Medical Education by March 22, 2023, at

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