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Invites you to attend a Continuing Medical Education Activity

  “Introduction to Primary
Care Ultrasound”

"Learn from the Leaders in Ultrasound Medical Education"

The Point of Care US course was concise, practical, and very well laid out.  The instructors were extremely knowledgeable and the small group format was perfect for relaxed, hands-on practice. 
I was using new skills on the first day back in the clinic.

~Marc Childress, MD, Fairfax Family Practice, Fairfax, Va


Available Date(s): JUNE 29-30, 2017 • AUGUST 24-25, 2017 • NOVEMBER 9-10, 2017 • JANUARY 25-26, 2018 • MARCH 15-16, 2018 • AUGUST 23-24, 2018 • NOVEMBER 8-9, 2018

Location: University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Ultrasound Institute Building 28
6311 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209

Registration: $1100
Early Bird Registration: $1000*

*Early Bird Registration applies to registrations received no less than 21 days before the course.

Reduced rate for non-physicians. 
Contact the Program Coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute to acquire
the Promo Code: robert.haddad@uscmed.sc.edu

Enquire about receiving remote educational image critiques following the course.

Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) Members: $100 discount

(NOTE: If you are a SUSME member, enter the promo code "SUSME" on the Payment Methods page, and click to receive a $100 discount. This step happens before the final review of the registration.)

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15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™


The first day (Thursday) begins at 8:00am with registration and a light breakfast and ends at 5:30pm.  The second day (Friday) begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:30 pm.

The address of the Ultrasound Institute is:          
6311 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia, SC 29209 (Building 28, 2nd Floor).

If you require overnight lodging,  we found that any of the following hotels have proven to be good places to stay, and they are all within a short distance of the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute (1 to 2 miles).  These are also about a 30 minute drive to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). 

Lodging within 1 to 2 miles of the USC SOM Ultrasound Institute includes:

  • Hampton Inn  and Suites:   201 East Exchange Blvd, Columbia, SC 29201  1-855-799-6860     
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites:  7329 Garners Ferry Rd (Rte. 378) Columbia, SC 1-855-799-6861
  • Country Inn and Suites:    220 E Exchange Blvd Columbia, SC    1-855-873-6557
  • LaQuinta Inns and Suites:     7333 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia, SC    1-800-753-3757
  • Baymont Inn & Suites:    240 E Exchange Blvd, Columbia, SC 29209    1-855-296-5767

Directions from these hotels to the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute:     
From your lodging, proceed out to the main highway (route 378 / Garners Ferry Rd.) and take a left onto the highway.    Proceed straight under the I-77 overpass, continue straight through 2 traffic lights (VA medical center is on your left at the 1st light, a Krispy Kreme store is on your right at the 2nd light).  Proceed straight to a 3rd light (Rite aid Pharmacy is on your right) and take a left turn at this intersection.   Proceed straight into a parking area that will appear to your right.  The Ultrasound Institute training facility is on the 2nd floor of the 2-story brick building that appears on your left.   There is plenty of parking.

CME Agenda

Course Description

The Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound course will provide inexperienced primary care providers as well as those in need of a refresher an opportunity to develop basic skills in a comprehensive set of ultrasound procedures that can be integrated into the primary care practice. Attendees will develop basic skills in the use of both laptop and hand held portable ultrasound units. This introductory program is taught by a cadre of ultrasound users and educators with international recognition for their work in development of ultrasound in medical education programs. Attendees will spend two-thirds of this two-day program on practical hands on scanning exercises using live models with no more than a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors. Non-physicians are also welcome to attend.  This includes mid-level practitioners (PAs and NPs), medics, nursing staff, and sonographers.

This comprehensive Introduction to Point of Care ultrasound course will provide attendees with the skills and confidence in acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images needed to further integrate ultrasound into their primary care practices.


Upon completion of the program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Discuss physical characteristics of ultrasound and ultrasound machine operations and operational features of a portable unit in the generation and storage of quality ultrasound images.
  2. Establish basic skills in the use of the laptop and hand held ultrasound units for acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images using B mode and/or Color Doppler.
  3. Acquire images of the heart in PLAX and Apical 4-chamber views using the laptop and hand held ultrasound units that are adequate for use in assessment of global heart function.
  4. Perform basic ultrasound exams of the abdominal aorta for aneurysm screening, of the IVC for size and contractility, of the liver, gall bladder, and spleen, of the right and left kidneys, and urinary bladder using laptop and hand held ultrasound units.
  5. Perform musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures on the knee and shoulder.
  6. Perform ultrasound guided procedures (paracentesis, thoracentesis, and central line placement) using the laptop ultrasound unit and phantoms.
  7. Acquire images of the lung pleura with the laptop unit that demonstrate the presence or absence of lung sliding, B lines, and A lines.
  8. Combine imaging of heart, IVC and lungs (laptop unit only) as a means to perform a limited cardiopulmonary exam with laptop and hand held ultrasound units.


  • Imaging fundamentals
  • Instrumentation and image optimization
  • Imaging in B mode, M mode, and with Color Doppler
  • Imaging with Laptop and Hand Held Ultrasound Units of:
  • Abdominal aorta to include AAA screening
  • IVC to include assessment of size and contractility
  • Abdomen including the liver, gall bladder, and spleen
  • Kidneys and urinary bladder
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • MSK knee and shoulder examination
  • Heart using PLAX and Apical 4-chamber views to enable assessment of global heart function
  • Ultrasound guided procedures ( paracentesis, thoracentesis, central line placement)
  • Lung ultrasound imaging
  • Combining heart, IVC, and lung imaging to perform a cardiopulmonary limited ultrasound exam

Target Audience/Course Pre-Requisites

The Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound program is intended for those primary care providers who want to include ultrasound in their diagnostic tool box and either have none or minimal experience using ultrasound. The course will provide the attendee a comprehensive experience with those procedures that can be used at the point of care in their practice. The program will also be useful to those who wish to brush up their ultrasound skills. The course is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants who work in a primary care, hospitalist, or urgent care setting. No previous ultrasound imaging experience is needed.

In order to register, click on the link below and you will be directed to on-line registration

(NOTE: If you are a SUSME member, enter the promo code "SUSME" on the Payment Methods page, and click to receive a $100 discount. This step happens before the final review of the registration.)

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Course Faculty

Faculty Disclosure

Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity. In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by USCSOM USI as being in control of content of this program: Mr. Danquah-Duah (CME Program Coordinator, Office of Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs) USC School of Medicine Columbia, SC
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Continuing Education Credits
The USC School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education (USCSOM-PH CME) Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The USCSOM-PH CME Organization designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


For additional information, please contact the
Program Coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute: robert.haddad@uscmed.sc.edu
Office: 803.216.3306



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