The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Certificate
Point-of-care ultrasound can be used by physicians, advanced practice providers (e.g., physician assistants, nurse practitioners) and medical professionals who use POCUS for clinical evaluation or therapeutic decision making. The Lower Extremity DVT Clinical Certificate is appropriate for medical professionals whose scope of practice requires the evaluation of the lower extremity DVT to identify common femoral DVT, great saphenous vein thrombosis, and other common pathologies.
Why is using POCUS for the evaluation of the Lower Extremity DVT important for you?
- Portable, allowing for real-time imaging and on-the-spot interpretation
- Less expensive than other imaging modalities
- Highly accurate in experienced hands
- No use of ionizing radiation
- Potentially improved patient experience and satisfaction
If you are a primary care physician, family medicine practitioner, generalist or other healthcare provider interested in validating your expertise in a wide range of point-of-care ultrasound protocols and procedures, then the new POCUS Generalist Certification may be just what you need. The POCUS Generalist Certification is a packaged set of eight (8) clinical point-of-care ultrasound Certificates—it’s the perfect tool to add to your medical toolkit.
Pricing/Eligibility/How to Prepare
High value for your money:
$125 for the POCUS Fundamentals*
$150 for Lower Extremity DVT Certificate
Special packages and conditions for groups. Scholarships available for those in need. To learn more, write to POCUS@APCA.org.
*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 for the purpose of prerequisite eligibility for other POCUS Certificates and Certifications, this does not apply to earning CME credits.
The eligibility criteria for a POCUS Certification Academy Abdominal Trauma Clinical Certificate includes:
• Must be a health care professional in good standing and actively practicing in a relevant clinical area;
• Must have demonstrated Fundamental POCUS proficiency (by holding a POCUS Certification Academy Fundamentals Certificate or other specific credentials offered by ARDMS® or APCA)
• Must have performed and participated in the interpretation of 20 Lower Extremity DVT Point-of-Care Ultrasound cases within the last 2 (two) years.
In addition to your practice of POCUS, previous participants have used one of the following methods to prepare for the exams:
• Self-directed learning
• Residency or Fellowship
• On the job/Hands-on training
(1) Clinical Case Assessment
The Clinical Case-Based assessments were development using a standard template that has been customized for each content area. Clinical scenarios are presented to candidates in audio and/or video formats (with closed-captioning and written scripts). Ultrasound media and assessment questions are presented at key points during the patient encounter. Questions are designed to assess the following domains (as appropriate for the selected clinical area):
- Familiarity with normal exploration paths
- Recognition of when patient condition or presentation requires deviations from the normal exploration paths
- Identification of regions or basic POCUS views described in consensus documents or protocols
- Ability to recognize and identify various anatomical features in M-mode and 2D/B-mode images, color Doppler, spectral Doppler
- Knowledge of common sonographic artifacts or measurements
- Ability to identify artifacts that may aid in diagnosis
- Recognition of sonographic patterns and their implications for diagnosis
- Knowledge of common pathologies and conditions identified through Lower Extremity DVT POCUS (including but not limited to: Deep femoral DVT, Popliteal DVT, Common femoral DVT, Femoral vein of the thigh DVT, Common femoral DVT, Great saphenous vein thrombosis, Baker’s Cyst, No venous abnormalities are present)
- Must comprehend that it is sometimes not possible to get a diagnosis and recognize when this is the case
- Must know how to determine or confirm a diagnosis using created images
- Ability to comprehensively consider all case information (images, patient presentation, labs, etc.) to determine an initial diagnosis
(2) Peer Evaluation
When applying for Clinical Certificates, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three clinicians with a clinical background in ultrasound who are familiar with your ability to obtain clinically-relevant content-specific Point-of-Care Ultrasound
images. The POCUS Certification Academy™ will contact some or all of these individuals to ask them to complete a short questionnaire regarding their impressions of your Point-of-Care Ultrasound abilities for the chosen clinical area. All evaluated domains weighs 14.28% respectively. Peer Evaluators may be asked about the following (as appropriate for the selected clinical area):
Ability to obtain images of diagnostic quality
Demonstrate proficient use of gain settings
Demonstrate appropriate use of depth setting and center the area of interest on the screen
Demonstrate proper transducer placement
Apply appropriate compression to identify pathology
Acquired and interpreted Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) images related to most common Lower Extremity DVT pathologies for which POCUS is appropriate
Demonstrate an appropriate understanding of Color Doppler
85% WOULD RECOMMEND THE POCUS CERTIFICATION ACADEMY TO THEIR COLLEAGUES
“[The POCUS Program] is a good way to assess your knowledge and makes me proud to be a part of this community. ”