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Introducing the Award for Excellence in Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Education™

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ is setting the standard in the practice of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.

For a short time only, we are looking for select volunteers to help create materials for use in our assessments that determine proficiency in point-of-care ultrasound.  Top performers will earn the Award for Excellence in Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education. To be eligible you must currently be practicing point-of-care ultrasound.


When you join us as a volunteer you are:

· Leading the future of ultrasound and helping grow the use of POCUS

· Growing your professional network while increasing recognition and visibility

· Demonstrating expertise in the field of point-of-care ultrasound

Points will be awarded according to the following criteria:

Video Submission:
10 points per 2 videos
Case Writeup:
50 points per case
Case Review:
25 points per case
Video/Media Submission: Donate POCUS videos to be used in the creation of clinical cases as HIPAA-compliant media becomes available to contribute. Videos are preferred in .mp4 format and each case must include at least two videos. Videos must be for the same pathology and patient. Case Authors: Create clinical cases for assessments using content-specific templates. Case creation includes the submission of case media (where possible), writing narratives, providing patient data (such as vitals) and identifying answers for templated questions. Use cases from your day-to-day life, but make sure to use at least two videos for each case. Case Reviewer: You will review drafted clinical cases. Reviews will be completed independently or with staff in a virtual meeting. You’ll be asked to make sure the cases are accurate and free of clinical content errors.

What’s in it for you?

Achieve 120 points by August 1st and you’ll receive:

  • Your name on the POCUS.org website
  • A professional recognition letter detailing your accomplishments

Finish in the top 10 in points and you’ll also receive:

  • The Award for Excellence in Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education

Finish in the top 3 you’ll also receive:

  • Your name and bio on the POCUS.org website as a contributing volunteer to our exams

Finish number 1 in points and you’ll also receive:

  • An iPad (32 GB)

Our Current Leaderboard:

Position Name Country Total Points
1 Ivica Zdravkovic Serbia 375
2 Thomas Robertson USA 100
3 Ivona Palashevska Canada 75
Total 550


Cases are needed in the following areas:


Abdominal Trauma

Focused Cardiac


Lower Extremity DVT

OB / 1st Trimester



MSK Soft Tissue

Renal Genitourinary


Hepatobiliary & Spleen

Please go here for a full list of cases needed.

The deadline for earning points is August 1st. Good luck!

Please contact us at POCUS@apca.org with any questions.

Announcing the winners of the first Award for Excellence in Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Education:

First Place:  Dr. Kat Ogle

Dr. Ogle is a board-certified emergency medicine physician and is currently practicing at The George Washington University Hospital, Washington VA Medical Center and United Medical Center. She began her career in medicine with seven years as a registered nurse, nearly six of which were spent as a critical care RN. She then pursued her medical degree, attended The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and stayed at GW to complete her residency training in emergency medicine as well as an emergency ultrasound fellowship and stayed on as faculty in 2013. In 2014, she completed Master Teacher Leadership Development Program at The George Washington University.

She is an Assistant Professor of emergency medicine at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and is actively engaged in medical student, resident and fellow education. She is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director, Executive Chair of the Clinical Competency Committee for the residency. She directs the Medical Education and Leadership Scholarly Concentration at the medical school level and leads Ultrasound Integration in Undergraduate Medical Education, Point-of-Care Ultrasound elective, and Teaching and Learning Knowledge and Skills, a senior elective during which students learn concepts and tools which will facilitate their growth as clinician educators. She has fostered engagement with the women faculty within her department and co-founded their professional development group, GW Emergency Medicine Females or GWEMFEM. Through this group, she encourages and inspires amplification and promotion of her women physician peers.

On a national level, she has served as the Didactics Committee chair for the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, has worked collaboratively with its members to develop content which is meaningful to AWAEM’s mission. She also serves as the co-chair of the Task Force on Starting a Women’s Group within AWAEM, a group embarking upon the development of a resource toolkit for other academic women physicians desiring to develop their own groups. Dr. Ogle’s professional interests include point-of-care ultrasound, both undergraduate and graduate medical education, mentorship, female leadership and promotion, as well as wellness. She balances her academic responsibilities with her role as a single mother of a precocious first grader with whom she lives in Virginia.

Second Place: Dr. Denise Costa do Carmo Barros

Dr. Denise Costa do Carmo Barros, is as a medical doctor and has been practicing for 17 years. She earned her degree in 2002 from University Federal Fluminense (UFF) – Niterói/ RJ in Brazil. In 2005, she became a Doctor of Radiology, after completing her fellowship at UFF. Dr. Denise owns two clinics in Brazil called Espaço Médico São Lucas. Dr. Denise also works in other four private clinics and at the public center of Image at São Gonçalo Hall where she takes care of low-income individuals. Dr. Denise sees more than 1,000 patients per month and is a fan of ultrasound. Her focus is on breast ultrasound, core biopsy and thyroid FNA. In her spare time, Dr. Denise enjoys watching movies and travelling.




Third Place: Dr.  Maryam Al Ali

Dr Maryam is an emergency physician at Rashid Hospital Trauma Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dr. Maryam obtained the Arab Board in emergency medicine in 2016 after completing emergency medicine residency in Dubai Health Authority. She is active in point-of-care ultrasound education in the United Arab Emirates and has been an instructor in numerous workshops. She has a special interest in pediatric emergency, critical care and health care quality.