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What is the POCUS Emergency Medicine Certification?

The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Emergency Medicine Certification assesses and verifies your point-of-care ultrasound knowledge in 7 specialty clinical areas and includes a practical component with peer evaluations and video submissions. The POCUS Emergency Medicine Certification is designed especially for emergency room medical staff, paramedics, military medical personnel, physicians working in the field and other first responders. Eligibility for the POCUS Emergency Medicine Certification is dependent upon having earned the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate. Obtaining Emergency Medicine Certification from the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™ benefits emergency medical personnel and first responders by recognizing that you possess the core knowledge and skills of point-of-care ultrasound, as well as a wide and in-depth scope of expertise in the use of handheld ultrasound. Certification of this sort, confirms your exceptional commitment to cutting-edge professional and personal development. Stand out from your peers while providing the best emergency care possible to those in need.

7 POCUS Specialty Clinical Assessments for just $625

Abdominal Aortic
Aneurysm (AAA)

  • Recomended for men 65+ with a history of smoking or other risk factors . POCUS can significantly reduce mortality rates with timely intervention.

  • Assess patients with a history of trauma. Diagnose occult-free fluid in abdomen, pneumothorax and cardiac tamponade with E-FAST protocol. Detect key causes of undifferentiated shock with RUSH protocol.

  • Cardiac point-of-care ultrasound is crucial for quickly evaluating gross cardiac function, chamber size, valve function, pericardial effusion, and cardiac tamponade.
Hepatobiliary/ Spleen

  • Right upper quadrant pain is the commonest chief complaint in the primary care setting. Helps diagnose gallstones, acute cholecystitis, liver mass, fatty liver, etc.
Lower Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT)

  • Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms (DVT/PE) are common causes of preventable death and can be easily diagnosed with POCUS.

  • Pneumothorax, pleural effusion, consolidation, and pneumoniaetc can be effectively diagnosed with POCUS and can help quickly differentiate CHF from COPD exacerbation, are very different.
Obstetrics/First Trimester

  • This POCUS skill can help determine fetal well being, fetal number, fetal cardiac activity, low lying placenta, fetal age/biometry, fetal demise, and gross fetal anomalies.

Why the POCUS Emergency Medicine Certification?

Below are some key reasons why emergency medical professionals, who have already earned the POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, choose to advance their credentials with the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Emergency Medicine Certificate:

  • Ability to do scans and provide immediate diagnoses
  • Providing a critical edge in saving patient lives
  • Improved patient safety through faster, more accurate diagnostics
  • Validating your POCUS expertise with the highest attainable certification in the field, which is widely recognized for distinguishing your professional ability in point-of-care ultrasound
  • Online assessments available 24/7 from your own location
  • Purchasing the POCUS Emergency Medicine Certification package saves you over 50%

Applicants for the Emergency Medicine Certification must meet all program prerequisites of actively practicing point-of-care ultrasound in the specified content areas and having participated in the interpretations and acquisition of the minimum number of cases required within the last two years. Furthermore, applicants must hold an active POCUS Fundamentals Certificate, which recommends that applicants have some education and experience in ultrasound physics prior to enrollment. Applicants must also attest to the accuracy of the information provided and complete a Confidentiality and Nondisclosure Agreement before starting the assessments.

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“The modules are clear and engaging and are appropriate for those whose scope of practice includes primary care, family medicine and medical generalists and others practicing point-of-care ultrasound.”

Applying for POCUS Examinations
The POCUS program provides flexibility to tailor the certificates and certifications process to your practice needs, ability to use your own device (PC, laptop, etc.) and freedom to take these proficiency assessments online at any time. You have options for the POCUS program; pick what is best for you.Apply Now!

Need More Information?
For additional information, e-mail POCUS@Inteleos.org or call 800-943-1709 (Press ‘1’ to speak to a Customer Care Representative and then ‘6’ when prompted). Interested in volunteering with the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™? Help define the global standards for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) by volunteering to develop content for POCUS assessments with colleagues from around the world. For details and to apply, visit POCUS.org.

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