Target Audience


This activity is designed for healthcare professionals including physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and allied healthcare professionals of all specialties.

Goals and Objectives


Despite numerous studies documenting the benefits of an ultrasound-enhanced bedside examination, focused or "point-of-care" ultrasound (POCUS) is underutilized, particularly among hospitalists and general practitioners. Cardiopulmonary disease is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare spending. Use of cardiopulmonary POCUS has significant potential to enhance diagnostic accuracy for these conditions and improve patient care. This session will address this practice gap using patient vignettes, providing suggestions on how best to utilize POCUS for conditions of the cardiopulmonary system. Specific topics to be covered include diagnosis and management of patients with challenging volume status, heart failure syndromes, and questionable pneumonia. At the conclusion of the session, learners should be better prepared to:

  • Describe the basic components of the CLUE protocol;
  • Recognize findings of decompensated heart failure on cardiopulmonary point of care ultrasound;
  • Recognize findings of pneumonia on point-of-care ultrasound and how to distinguish it from pleural effusion and atelectasis.

Course Information


CME Release Date:   November 15, 2018
Valid for credit through:  November 15, 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  .75 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.

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:
Donald DiPette, MD
Christopher Morris, MD
Randall E. Glick, BSB/PM MCP
Jennifer Price, MA, SMA CME Program Manager

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