Target Audience

This activity is intended for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and other allied healthcare professionals specializing or certified in primary care.


Goals and Objectives


This introduction to POCUS will serve as a broad overview for those not familiar with its use or the emerging technologies and trends in medical education. The content will emphasize core concepts needed for scanning at the bedside and the physics behind ultrasound, and will utilize numerous clinical cases to ensure relevance to daily practice is appreciated. Strategies on learning POCUS and overcoming barriers to utilizing POCUS will be shared. Applications for the specialists will be touched upon and applications for the generalists will be reviewed in detail. Upon completion of the activity, providers should be able to:

  • Define bedside or point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and how it differs from traditional ultrasound;
  • Recognize applications of POCUS most useful to the general practitioner;
  • Identify important barriers to utilization of POCUS and strategies to overcome them.

Course Information


CME Release Date:   September 4, 2018
Valid for credit through: September 4, 2019
Course type:  Video lecture

Credits Available


Southern Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Southern Medical Association designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Healthcare Professionals

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board.  All healthcare professionals who are not MDs or DOs will receive a certificate of participation.

Instructions for Participation and Credit


To successfully earn credit, participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period noted, following these steps:

  • Read the goals and objectives, accreditation information, and author disclosures.
  • View the educational video of the lecture.
  • Study the educational references.
  • Online, choose the best answer to each test question. Learners must receive a passing score of 80%.
  • Complete the activity evaluation and outcomes.

Upon successful completion of the test, evaluation and attestation, your certificate will be processed and emailed from customerservice@sma.org within approximately 1 hour. Credits will be archived for 6 years; at any point within this time period you may login to your account to print a duplicate copy of your certificate.

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Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships


As an organization accredited by the ACCME, Southern Medical Association requires everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount, occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest.

Southern Medical Association encourages Speakers/Authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Michael Wagner, MD

Michael Wagner, MD, FACP, RDMS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, SC. There he serves as the Director of Internal Medicine Ultrasound Education for the residency program and 3rd year clerkship, as well as the Assistant Director of Physical Diagnosis for the undergraduate curriculum.

 

Disclosure:

  • Dr. Wagner has no relevant financial relationships to disclose:
  • Dr. Wagner does not intend to discuss off-label or investigational uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.

Planning Committee
The following planning committee members have no relevant financial relationships to declare:
Georgia L. Thomas, RN, MBA, HACP, FACHE, Nurse Planner
Nancy Phillips, MD, Physician Planner
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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