To Our Volunteers, Thank You!
You may already know that the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Certification Academy™ provides healthcare professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, test their proficiency, and promote best practices in POCUS through our comprehensive Certificate and Certification programs. However, what you may not be aware of is how much our volunteers are the backbone of our operation.
Our volunteers collaborate with us in the shared mission of improving global health and developing standards of excellence in POCUS. They are vital to and are involved in every aspect of the work that we do. From sharing their stories on our FOCUS on POCUS™ podcasts to developing and reviewing test questions for our Certificate and Certification assessment programs, our volunteers indeed are the heartbeat behind our Inteleos™—the nonprofit umbrella organization for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography® (ARDMS®), the Alliance for Physician Certification & Advancement™ (APCA™) and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy™.
Without the volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to build a POCUS community or create assessments that share and help ensure best practices with other users of handheld ultrasound. We have partners in our volunteers who passionately bring their expertise to our development table. As we build effective and reliable assessments with rigorous analyses behind them, our volunteers are crucial in every aspect of the process, from authoring and reviewing questions for our Fundamentals Certificate to producing case studies for our Clinical Certificates and Certifications.
There is no short supply of volunteer opportunities available with us. In addition to contributing to the development of our Certificate programs, volunteers are our case reviewers, media contributors, webinar speakers, podcast and blog guests, and experts who take part in our governance.
Nothing excites us more than to hear how our partnership with our volunteers has positively impacted their world. They have shared that being in these roles has provided them the opportunity to give back and feel more a part of the POCUS community. Volunteering has helped them gain added recognition with employers and among peers and has strengthened their resumes as well.
It is incredible to hear how much personal value one gains from being part of our Volunteer Engagement program. However, the truth is that we are the ones who are benefiting from them—something that is truly appreciated. They take time out of their busy schedules for us, which means time spent away from their families, their daily work, their patients, and themselves. Yet, they still make room to help the POCUS Certification Academy, seamlessly contributing, supporting and helping us grow.
To each and every one of our volunteers—We are your biggest fans! There aren’t enough ways to say thank you for being a volunteer with us. Please know how much we appreciate you and know we couldn’t do what we do without each of you. Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to you and yours!
The POCUS Certification Academy
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