10/14/19 Calling All POCUS Users!
All jobs that sprung forth from the growth and movement of technology shaping and molding the way we live, work, and play in our current society. Technology has called us to review our current landscape and drive innovation forward. It is one of those calls that we all must answer. In answering, there is a question that must be addressed. When new occupations form to meet the needs of our dynamically changing world, how do we determine the set of skills, foundational knowledge, and expertise required to perform them effectively? In other words, how do we know who qualifies for the job?
10/3/19 Happy Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month!
Every year in October, the medical field comes together to celebrate Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month (MUAM). This month-long campaign is a special time to pay homage to the advancement of sonography and its impact on medical science. MUAM also recognizes the trained sonographers that provide this pivotal service to patient communities everywhere. Furthermore, it creates a platform for ultrasound technicians to celebrate their field of work.
09/19/19 A Quiet Disease Unsilenced by POCUS
To be aware is to have consciousness, recognition, or a realization of a fact or reality. An awareness allows us to encounter knowledge that was once unknown or almost kept as a secret from us. This month, we want to remove the blinders, shed light on, and enlighten our community about aortic diseases. Join us in recognizing Aortic Disease Awareness Month and highlighting September 19, Aortic Disease Awareness Day.
09/10/19 POCUS for the Generalists
We are introducing our POCUS Generalist Certification, which we believe addresses the needs of a broader audience. We sat down with Victor V. Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS (APCA), Manager, Global Clinical Content & POCUS Education at the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy. He walked us through what this new certification is all about.
08/02/19 Myth or Fact? POCUS Made Intelligent
The unknown evokes fear. Any advancement, no matter the field it occurs in, is greeted with doubt and skepticism as individuals ascertain whether it can be trusted. Progress in the medical field, especially as it relates to the presence of artificial intelligence (AI), is no exception to the rule.
08/02/19 How Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Helps Alleviate Physician Burnout
As physicians, our original intent for diving into such a challenging vocation can get lost in a sea of administration, insurance compliance, fragmented care and—let’s not mention at times—the dreaded electronic health record (EHR) systems.
Point-of-care ultrasound can help change that by enhancing the professional satisfaction of the physicians. ” Our professional satisfaction is everything about the job outside the wages that keeps us engaged as doctors. Point-of-care ultrasound enhances that professional satisfaction.”
7/11/19 POCUS Fest Hits the Road
In case you missed it, the POCUS Certification Academy held its inaugural POCUS Fest on May 11 at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. 300 medical students and residents attended the immersive ultrasound experience, which included an introduction to the world of POCUS, lectures, and demonstrations by certification academy clinicians. It was a resounding success – so much so in fact, that we are excited to announce our second event.
7/11/19 Better Care, Better Future
Technology shapes our lives: it has impacted our past, it influences our present and it is defining our future. From autonomous cars to delivery drones, technology has already woven itself into every aspect of our lives, and its sway will continue to increase due to advancements in research. At the Point-of-care (POCUS) Certification Academy™, our mission revolves around understanding and staying abreast of enhancements in technology directly linked to the medical field.
5/31/19 POCUS Fest: Celebrating Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Medical Students
Over 300 point-of-care ultrasound enthusiasts participated in person or via live stream. A highlight for most, was when students and residents participated in hands-on sessions that included POCUS scanning challenges in cardiac, abdominal, MSK and lung practice cases. They also had the unique opportunity to watch POCUS in action and engage in games, which increased their familiarity with a handheld ultrasound device. Many coined this as an unforgettable encounter with POCUS.
5/29/19: How Will AI Change the World of POCUS?
“AI is here to stay, for sure. I embrace it and am excited about it. Our job is to make sure that folks don’t get the wrong impression about AI. It is going to be our friend,” Dr. Victor Rao of the POCUS Certification Academy is optimistic about the merger of AI with POCUS. As a clinician on staff and the Global Clinical Content Manager, Dr. Rao addresses the impacts that artificial intelligence (AI) has made and will continue to make on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS).
04/30/19: Artificial Intelligence – Putting the POC in POCUS
What an exciting time for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and artificial intelligence (AI)! AI is computer-based technology that mimics the complexity, wonder, and power of the human brain in the likes of robots and machines that replicate human voice and understanding. These devices automate repetitive tasks and create efficiencies. Some household devices you’re probably very aware of such as Siri, Alexa, and Face & Finger Recognition, incorporate automation and capture efficiencies in our day-to-day lives. Yet, these types of AI-infused solutions are just the beginning.
04/03/19: POCUS: To the World and Beyond
Some of the world’s greatest discoveries have happened, well, by accident. Benjamin Franklin was flying a kite when he discovered the power of electricity. Sir Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin only after first throwing it away. Focus on Pocus podcast guest Dr. Cliff Gronseth tripped over his dog and sprained his ankle. After realizing how difficult it was to take an ultrasound of his injury, he wondered if there was an easier way to harness the power of ultrasound to scan and diagnose injuries.
03/19/19: An Effective Route to Healing: POCUS MSK Soft Tissue
We are proud to introduce you to the certificate for musculoskeletal (MSK) and skin and soft tissue conditions.
2/27/19: The Future of Ultrasound is here
The future of ultrasound is dynamic, inclusive, disruptive and it is here today.
1/16/19: A Community of Fulfillment
The Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy’s mission is to improve healthcare globally while bettering outcomes for individual patients. We firmly believe that through a community of healthcare and medical professionals working, sharing, and striving together to bring POCUS to the forefront of patient care, we not only can achieve self-fulfillment but can change the face of healthcare around the world.
1/9/19: Care with a Promise
What is the promise of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS)? “The first is that a clinician can have a much better idea of the diagnosis of the patient in front of him by adding to their standard 19th-century physical examination an ultrasound evaluation.”
1/2/19: POCUS: Practice Makes Perfect
Dr. Victor Rao is a radiologist by training and a pioneer of POCUS learning content for medical students, physicians assistants and residents, and continuing medical education content for physicians at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia. Here is why he thinks that practice makes perfect with POCUS.
12/21/18: Mission POCUS Haiti: Advancing Healthcare Across the Globe
The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy has found a calling in its Mission POCUS.
11/5/18: POCUS: Transforming the Future of Healthcare
Why one cardiac surgery department sees Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) as the future of healthcare.
10/24/18: Care By The Bedside
How Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) increased diagnostic certainty and gave peace of mind to a pregnant mother, all without having to leave the ED.