The phenomenon of learning online is not a new thing. We have been perfecting our skills and increasing our knowledge base through digital forums for some time now. YouTube has been referred to on many occasions as YouTube University. The wealth of new talents and abilities taught through video curated and created by just about anyone has contributed to the social media channel’s infamous reputation.
However, we can attribute the success and trustworthiness of e-learning to educational entities such as Duke and Cornell Universities, which brought legitimacy and credibility to the world of online learning. Launching courses with digital access began its peak in the 1990s only to skyrocket by 2010, with approximately 3 million U.S. students learning online. Mid-March through mid-April 2020 experienced a predictable surge in Google search for online courses, increasing over 100% globally.
The pandemic affecting the entire world did push these numbers into full gear. However, another driving factor is encouraging the need for timely and accessible education. The demand for professional skills rises rapidly as industries and the job market evolves. New emerging trends are swarming in popularity and reshaping professions across the board. Additionally, technology has and continues to change the face of many industries daily and at times minute-by-minute.
But this demand has become a strain on traditional educational institutions, finding it challenging to meet the growing need. Webinars are replacing workshops and boot camps, and classrooms are moving online to meet the demand for timely and easily accessible education. Medicine is no exception here.
Technology’s impact is no respecter of industry. Its reach extends beyond sectors that exist, formulating markets we could have never dreamed of. So, no surprise that healthcare has changed and indeed benefitted from the technological boom experienced by all. With new advancements comes new knowledge. And with the speed at which innovation moves, acquiring the expertise and skills needed to stay abreast can be tough to balance.
To eliminate this barrier from our medical community, we at the Point-of-Care (POCUS) Ultrasound Certification Academy™ have perfected our e-learning offerings. Our quotidian engagement with POCUS has heightened our awareness of how much this pocket-sized device has transformed the work of healthcare providers and just how rapidly it is doing so. Our team and expert volunteers, consisting of your peers, are tirelessly working to progress and increase our educational offerings. We are passionate about equipping and preparing the medical future and wholeheartedly believe that POCUS is here to shape and better that future.
Due to this conviction, we provide learning resources for the benefit of healthcare providers to improve global health through the expanded use of POCUS. Our resources include podcasts, guides, webinars, blogs, and clinical case challenges. Here are a few examples of the opportunities at your fingertips, available to you when and where you need them.
We have webinars hosted by renowned POCUS practitioners who have spent years studying and utilizing the device in their practice. These men and women represent various medical disciplines, specialties, and geographic environments.
Our webinars are a global resource available to the healthcare community for free. Below are two to launch your experience.
Weekly, we post case studies to bring real-world application even closer to home. The images and questions presented in each case help us discuss and think through answers and solutions together as a unified peer group. Final thoughts and answers are posted on our social media channels and website.
Be sure to follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter to join in and learn from your global medical community.
Visual learners will benefit from our infographic series. A diverse collection of topic areas, from renal POCUS to pericardial effusion, are presented through an image-filled tutorial. Search by topic to uncover more about the application and utilization of POCUS.
Get access to POCUS tips and tricks from the authorities on the subject. Members of your medical community share POCUS insights on how to monitor and manage patients across various systems.
Be prepared to take notes as you walk away with newly acquired methods you’ll be eager to apply in practice.
Online certificate programs such as the Fundamentals Certificate are always accessible. This course provides a foundational knowledge of clinical care ultrasound, offered in English and Spanish, giving participants the ability to move through the modules at their own pace.
Review other certificate and certification programs, providing ease to education and training.
POCUS Education Provider Program
Medical professionals seeking quality and effective education and training in POCUS hit the jackpot with the POCUS Education Provider (PEP) program. By taking a point-of-care ultrasound course from a PEP, healthcare providers can rest easy knowing the content and methods taught do meet the highest levels of educational standards.
This program presents POCUS education in a more straightforward and readily accessible manner. Course programs and e-learning resources are only a click away. Learn more about the PEP program.
Share Your Expertise
The growth of POCUS in medicine will depend on first-hand learnings and teachings of experienced users. We invite you to share your findings with the POCUS community. Submit videos, scans, presentations, or photos of POCUS in action. By providing content to our media library, you are not only allowing us to offer free, educational, clinical content, but you are helping to advance medicine worldwide and improving the care we provide our patients. Thank you in advance for your contribution.
For full access to our e-learning library, visit our Educational Resources page to unlock the tools you need to remain POCUS strong!