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Gain POCUS Competency, Earn CME Credits!

Demonstrate your knowledge in point-of-care ultrasound and receive 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 4 AAPA Category 1 CME Credits* in the process! The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fundamentals certificate is designed to provide education on the basic physics and instrumentation of ultrasound when applied in a POCUS clinical evaluation, making it the perfect credential for physician assistants who desire to advance their everyday use of POCUS technology with their patients. A one-minute video overview is below, and completing this informative certificate course is straightforward. Get started today!

*This activity has also been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 10/16/2020 to 10/16/2021. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-201310. Find out more here.

 

 

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Successful completion of the POCUS Fundamentals includes:

  • POCUS Fundamentals Certificate
  • 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits or 4 AAPA Category 1 CME credits*
  • A digital certification badge

*While the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate is waived for clinicians who have passed the Sonography Principles & Instrumentation (SPI) examination within the last five (5) years or ARDMS® and APCA™ Certificate holders, this does not apply to earning CME credits.


Educational Objectives

The Point of Care Ultrasound Certification Academy developed the POCUS Fundamentals learning modules and certificate to ensure clinical proficiency for those practicing POCUS globally and aims to provide a foundational knowledge of the physics and instrumentation behind point of care ultrasound instruments and diagnostic ultrasound. The educational design of this activity addresses the needs of clinical point-of-care ultrasound users.  

  • Upon completion of the program and earning the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, the participant should be able to:
    • Explain the principles of ultrasound physics
    • Define echogenicity and attenuation
    • List and explain the ultrasound machine settings and modes
    • Identify the different transducer types
    • Explain ultrasound image orientation
    • Describe ultrasound safety principles, ultrasound artifacts, and ultrasound bioeffects

 

The current prerequisite is limited to having prior healthcare training.

Some learners may find these additional resources to be of benefit when preparing for the Fundamentals Certificate:

American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Resources
Physics Of Ultrasound! Trivia Questions And Facts Quiz
Ultrasound Physics SPI Mock Exam

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Global Education Group (Global) and Inteleos.  Global is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

This activity has been reviewed by the AAPA Review Panel and is compliant with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 4 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. Approval is valid from 10/16/2020 to 10/16/2021 . PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation. AAPA reference number: CME-201310.

Global Education Group designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Healthcare providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS
Global Clinical Content Manager at Inteleos

Dr. Rao is a radiologist by training and helped to introduce and develop POCUS curriculum at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. He is the former director of ultrasound education at University of South Carolina School of Medicine and now works at Inteleos as the Global Clinical Content Manager. Dr. Rao has also worked as a primary care physician in mission hospitals overseas where he enjoyed seeing patients in the clinic, managed inpatients, performed deliveries, C-sections, and minor surgeries.

James Day, RDCS
Global Clinical Ultrasound Specialist at Inteleos

James is a cardiac sonographer living in the Philadelphia metro region.  While at Thomas Jefferson University Medical College, James managed 40 simulation programs and taught all modules of POCUS. James currently serves as a Global Ultrasound Specialist working to support the POCUS community.

This activity was released on 10/16/2020 and is valid for one (1) year. Requests for credit must be made no later than 10/16/2021.

For information about the accreditation of this program, please contact Global at 303-395-1782 or cme@globaleducationgroup.com.

In order to receive credit, participants must complete the entire activity. Participants must receive a passing score on the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate and submit the activity evaluation.

To access the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy content, a computer (Mac or PC) or tablet (Android or iPad) with a common browser will be required. Headphones or speakers are recommended, and a reliable internet connection is necessary.

Technical Specifications
Operating System Windows 10
Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Mac OSX 10.10 or newer
Display Minimum resolution: 1024 x 768 in 16-bit color
Network Connection The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy suggests that, whenever possible, exams are completed using a wired network. Wired networks typically provide more reliable exam delivery performance than wireless networks.
Internet Connection Broadband (DSL, cable or LAN/WAN): 512 kbps up/down
Internet Browsers Internet Explorer 9+ (preferred), latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
Browser Settings Internet cookies must be enabled.
All pop-up blockers must be disabled.
Sound Headphones or speakers, if in a private location, are acceptable.
Note: Closed captioning is also provided.
Testing Environment A quiet test taking environment is recommended. Exams include audio and video components. Appropriate lighting and minimal distractions will improve the experience.

There is $125 fee for this educational activity which includes the 4 CAT-1 ACCME credits or 4 CAT-1 AAPA credits.

Requests for cancellations or refunds may be submitted until a candidate starts an assessment. Neither full nor partial refunds will be issued for any Certificate or certification that has been started or for which the completion time has been exhausted. All refunds will be processed in the same form as the original payment within five (5) business days.

Global Education Group (Global) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals and their spouse/life partner who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified conflicts of interest are thoroughly vetted by Global for fair balance, scientific objectivity of studies mentioned in the materials or used as the basis for content, and appropriateness of patient care recommendations.

The faculty reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

 

Name of Faculty or Presenter Reported Financial Relationship
Victor Rao Nothing to disclose
James Day Nothing to disclose

 

The planners and managers reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

 

Name of Planner or Manager Reported Financial Relationship
Lindsay Borvansky Nothing to disclose
Andrea Funk Nothing to disclose
Liddy Knight Nothing to disclose
Ashley Cann Nothing to disclose
Madeline Mbeh Nothing to disclose
Hailey Kufner Nothing to disclose
Jasmine Rockett Nothing to disclose
Lori Goebel-Rys Nothing to disclose

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. Global Education Group (Global) and Inteleos do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of any organization associated with this activity. Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.

Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of patient conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.­­­


Additional Resources

To get more information on the specific certification you would like to receive, download one of our free guides.

Specialty Certificate Guide
Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy Guide

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