The use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has steadily increased in both clinical and community settings in recent years. It is one of the few diagnostic methods that can be performed quickly at the bedside by a physician and has a significant impact on patient outcomes. It is compact, easily accessible, cost-effective, and readily easy to learn.
The first step in mastering POCUS is a thorough understanding of the basic mechanics of ultrasound and its objects. This knowledge helps to achieve correct POCUS diagnosis and prevent pitfalls. Through these improved skills, comprehensive POCUS observations can be made and accurately associated with the clinical picture. It is essential to develop the POCUS usage and understanding muscles to achieve intended outcomes.
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™ wants to bridge any POCUS training gaps or variations among institutes. One method deployed to accomplish this goal is the development of the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Education Provider (PEP) program. This program is a solution for healthcare workers seeking quality, expert education and training in the growing field of point-of-care ultrasound. Standardized courses within the program make sure that content and training delivery meets quality standards. The PEP program is a pathway for learners who want to become certified and competent in POCUS.
To make POCUS education more straightforward and more readily accessible, course programs and e-learning resources are available in just a few clicks. Every clinical practice is unique and requires tailored education materials and delivery methods to meet specific clinical needs. The program structure is built with this in mind.
There are currently eight programs available that provide productive training in concerned fields and POCUS use, ranging from Sports Medicine to Gynecology. All of which are provided by organizations that offer quality POCUS education for healthcare professionals, known as PEPs. These providers are experts in POC ultrasound and have authored and carefully designed materials aimed to educate new learners.
The program providers also benefit from the PEP program. They can increase their visibility as well as their reach. “Becoming a PEP provider has allowed us to network and collaborate with other professionals to provide the best education to the ultrasound community and grant exclusive access to proposal submissions for custom training opportunities,” mentions Sound Sports Imaging.
As the POCUS Certification Academy™ aims to standardize POCUS’s global practices, the PEP program promotes global credibility for organizations and applicants by leveraging the program’s seal. Peter Bonadonna of Insonate attests, “I’ve been teaching point-of-care ultrasound for more than 10 years now, and I wanted to become part of a bigger, more prestigious organization. This is needed because professionals want training that is standardized and reliable.”
Joining the PEP program places emphasis on being a part of a certified community of skilled educators. It encourages networking and collaboration with other practitioners in providing upstanding education and superior training to the ultrasound community. To learn more about the POCUS Education Provider (PEP) program, please visit the program page.
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