About the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™ exists to provide physicians and advanced practice practitioners the opportunity to collaborate in the shared mission of improving global health and setting the standards of excellence in POCUS.
We partner with our constituents through rigorous assessments, continual learning opportunities and community building around important topics relevant to POCUS. The POCUS Certification Academy™ allows physicians and advanced practice providers to demonstrate their knowledge, test their proficiency and promote best practices in POCUS.
We believe that the future of ultrasound is portable, mobile and provides exceptional results. If you are ready to join the future of healthcare, join us.
Our Partner Organizations
The pioneering organizations working with the POCUS Certification Academy in setting direction and strategy include:
- The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS ®)
For more than 40 years, ARDMS has set the standard for administering examinations and awarding credentials in areas of ultrasound. ARDMS empowers sonographers to provide exceptional patient care through rigorous assessments and continual learning.
- The Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement ™ (APCA ™)
Spun out of ARDMS in 2016 to meet the exclusive needs of physicians, APCA is dedicated to continual learning and providing high-quality and compassionate patient care through certification. APCA joins ARDMS in furthering its long-standing mission of raising the global standards of excellence in healthcare and patient safety.
POCUS Certification Academy Committee Members
The POCUS Assessment Committee has a leading role in the development of the certificates and certifications of the POCUS Certification Academy. The committee is composed of volunteers who are subject matter experts and are leading the practice by building the future of Point-of-Care Ultrasound in action. They work with Inteleos staff and more than 50 other volunteers to develop high standards and credentials with the goal of improving global healthcare. Due to the dynamic nature of POCUS, we approach development as an ongoing process and we are always refining our programs to be better.
Ernesto Brauer, MD, FACP, FCCP, ABSM, is a graduate of the National University of Mexico City. He trained in internal medicine, pulmonary and critical medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. He has been practicing since 1986 and specializes in the care of critically ill and injured postoperative patients. His interests also include the difficult airway and ultrasound. He is also a clinical associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Adult Echocardiography.
David L. Dawson, MD, RVT, RPVI graduated from the University of Southern California and completed his residency in surgery and fellowship in vascular surgery at the University of Washington. He is a decorated Air Force veteran who worked at NASA as Chief of the Medical Sciences Division at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. After 16 years on the University of California, Davis Department of Surgery faculty, he is now with Baylor Scott & White Health in Central Texas. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Society for Vascular Ultrasound, and Society for Vascular Medicine, and a distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery. He is the Vice Chair of the APCA Council.
Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMSVictor is a radiologist by training and is one of the pioneers to introduce and develop Point of Care ultrasound learning content for medical students, PA students and residents and CME content for physicians at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia. He was the director of ultrasound education at USC School of Medicine from May 2008 to Aug 2018. He also trained physicians overseas in Tanzania and Philippines to establish POCUS programs. He loves teaching ultrasound and to travel. He has written some chapters in POCUS ultrasound textbooks and in an upcoming eBook. Victor has also worked as a primary care physician in mission hospitals overseas where he enjoyed seeing patients in the clinic and also managed inpatients and performed deliveries, C-sections and minor surgeries. Victor will be helping us with our clinical content strategy and will focus, among others, on education, practical assessment, case development, and the development of new certificate assessment programs. Victor is presently involved with Innovation and The Pocus Certification Academy™ at Inteleos (formerly ARDMS) as a Global Clinical Content Manager. Some of his interest include travel, photography, fishing, flying drones and fixing things.
Robert E. Kollpainter, PA-C, FAPACVS, RDMS, CAQ in CVTS. A Cardiovascular Physician Assistant since 1997, the focus of Kollpainter’s career has been on endoscopic vessel harvest and post-operative patient care. Since its inception, Kollpainter has been involved with all aspects of endoscopic vessel harvest. He has been named a Diamond level harvester by Guidant, having one of the largest known harvesting experiences. He has been a contributor at the corporate level as a Clinical and Teaching Consultant as well as being an Advisory Board Member since 2002. Kollpainter most notably contribution is that of the Maquet HEMOPRO cut-and-seal technology. It has been his honor to have been one of the handful of CVPA’s to teach endoscopic harvest techniques extensively throughout the United States, Europe, and India. Kollpainter has been involved with bedside ultrasound since 2005, receiving credentials as a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer in 2008.
Hong Wang, M.D., Ph.D., FASE, FASA. Dr. Wang attended the Peking University of School of Medicine in Beijing China. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Physiology at McGill University in Montreal Canada. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit Michigan. Dr. Wang completed her Anesthesiology residency and was Chief Resident at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit Michigan in 2000. She is board certified with the American Board of Anesthesiology and Advanced Perioperative TEE. Dr. Wang serves the Department as Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, which oversees the department’s clinical activities, coordinates the daily operative suite schedule and lead the anesthesia charge team. The daily anesthesia charge is responsible for the discharge from duty of residents, faculty, and CRNAs and also for assignments for the next OR day. She is a Cardiac team member that provides and directs anesthesia to patients undergoing open-heart procedures in conjunction with cardiothoracic surgeons. Dr. Wang is the director of department’s Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POC_US). She has established the POCUS training for the anesthesia residents and participated in the WVU medical student ultrasound training. Dr. Wang is a member of WVU Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH)/Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) taskforce. She works with surgeons from different specialty to develop their specific ERAS pathway.
If you are interested in partnering with the POCUS Certification Academy, please contact us at POCUS@APCA.org.