Recent Course Reviews

Practical Pocus

Alexandr Babayeuski

Great POCUS course. I did another US course 1 year ago and already had some knowledge and skills. This course literally took me to the next level of US use a...

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Great POCUS course. I did another US course 1 year ago and already had some knowledge and skills. This course literally took me to the next level of US use and practice but even person without any US experience will benefit immensely. Chip Lange's personality and great teaching skills make it very easy and engaging. This course is completely 100% online and I did it from home at my own pace on my days off. Will recommend this to everyone who is interested in US education. Alex B

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POCUS Master Class

George Pantely

Well organized course that covers the major aspects of POCUS. How to do each part of an exam is explained with examples of important pathologic findings. P...

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Well organized course that covers the major aspects of POCUS. How to do each part of an exam is explained with examples of important pathologic findings. Pertinent articles and suggested readings provided with each section. Very useful section on pulmonary findings in Covid-19. Helpful information on how to prepare inexpensive phantoms to practice vascular access.

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Excellent engaging course

James Hicks

I work in an urgent care so the urgent/emergent focus was completely appropriate for my needs. The class is the first one I am aware of that addresses the pr...

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I work in an urgent care so the urgent/emergent focus was completely appropriate for my needs. The class is the first one I am aware of that addresses the pros and cons of handheld ultrasound devices, including their limitations. Chip is a great instructor. Very clear and concise and the classes contain a number of images of normal and pathologic conditions.

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Excellent course.

Michael Hambrick

Highly recommend this course for someone who has just purchased a Butterfly and is starting out on their ultrasound journey.

Highly recommend this course for someone who has just purchased a Butterfly and is starting out on their ultrasound journey.

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POCUS Course

Sheik Allybocus

Thank you for the time and energy you have put in to construct this course. It is really appreciated.

Thank you for the time and energy you have put in to construct this course. It is really appreciated.

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Overview of the Course

Where Education Meets Fun
We want to make it even easier for you to learn how to perform POCUS.  We invite you to bring your own ultrasound device in addition to those being provided at the course.

This is meant to be a time to learn and engage with experts in a fun and relaxing environment.   With our ongoing project in Missouri, you can enjoy the scenic parts of the area.  The course is located in Cuba, Missouri which is an easy drive from St. Louis should you fly in.  

CME Accredited
Our 2-day in-person course covers the fundamentals of using point of care ultrasound (POCUS) by reviewing and practicing common exams used in daily practice. Before attending the course, take our online modules that cover the content you need to know in advance to maximize your experience.

Learn in Advance
We want to maximize your time while you are at the live, in-person section of the course. Our in-person course is combined with our main online course that you can take in advance at your own pace and on your time. It is highly recommended that you take our online course in advance as the live, in-person portion is meant to be almost entirely hands-on practice in small groups.

Hands-On Learning
When learning how to perform ultrasound, hands-on practice is essential. Our live, in-person portion of the course is almost exclusively hands-on practice in small groups. Build confidence by spending time with our instructors as they help you become better at POCUS.

Course Layout

Day 1 Times Topics Day 2 Times Topics
8 AM Ultrasound Basics 8 AM Advanced Cardiac
9 AM Vascular Basics/DVT 9 AM Abdomen Free Fluid
10 AM Aorta and IVC 10 AM The eFAST Exam
11 AM Basic Cardiac 11 AM The RUSH Exam
12 PM Lunch Break 12 PM Lunch Break
1 PM Lung 1 PM Airway Assessment
2 PM Fluid Assessment 2 PM Ocular
3 PM Admin Topics 3 PM Vascular Access
4 PM Review 4 PM Review

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Before Your Live Course

    • Instructions for Course

    • Learner Notification

  • 2

    After Your Live Course

    • Information Needed for CME Certificate

    • More resources for you

    • Post Course Survey

FAQ

  • How long does it take to complete the online version Portable Ultrasound Master Class?

    The Portable Ultrasound Master Class takes 24 hours to complete.

  • What desktop platforms are supported?

    Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge.

  • What mobile platforms are supported?

    iOS Safari: 11 and up, Chrome, and Samsung Internet.

  • What are the technical specifications required to run the online courses?

    The most recent version of a web browser listed above, Javascript enabled, PDF plugin, graphic and audio output capability, and broadband internet connection with a minimum speed of 5Mbps (recommended).

  • What are the requirements to complete a course?

    Each quiz and the final test require a passing grade of 80%. There is also a pre-course and post-course survey to help assess for growth in learning.

  • Who do I contact if I am needing support or help?

    Our site has a help area or you can contact us contactus@practicalpocus.com directly for help.

  • Who helped plan and develop the courses?

    Chip Lange and Yomi Olusanya planned and developed the courses.

  • Are there any disclosures?

    Both Chip Lange and Yomi Olusanya are part of Practical POCUS and are paid by them.

  • Is there any commercial support for the courses?

    This course is not commercially supported.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Ultrasound Basics

    Recognize how point of care ultrasound (POCUS) can be used in clinical settings, the basics of how to operate the device, review core concepts such as physics, and address common administrative topics.

  • Vascular Exams and Procedures

    Review the various vascular exams such as evaluating the aorta and IVC, identify pathology including DVTs and aortic aneurysms/dissections, as well as how to perform vascular access using POCUS.

  • Cardiac Exams

    Review the four main cardiac windows (parasternal long axis, parasternal short axis, apical, and subxiphoid) and how to apply them to various clinical scenarios.

  • Lung Exams

    Evaluate the lungs using POCUS and use the images obtained to assist in diagnosing a variety of clinical conditions.

  • Critical Care Exams

    Review both the eFAST and RUSH exams that are used in critically ill and injured patients in different clinical situations as well as identify how POCUS can be used in airway management.

  • Ocular Exams

    Diagnose a variety of pathologies using POCUS such as retained foreign body, lens dislocation, vitreous hemorrhage, retinal detachment, and retrobulbar hematoma.

  • Abdominal, Retroperitoneal, and Pelvic Exams

    Identify the various roles for POCUS to assess the genitourinary tract (including kidneys and bladder), obstetrics (primarily the first trimester), gallbladder, appendix, small bowel, and pylorus.

  • MSK and Soft Tissue Exams

    Evaluate the various roles of POCUS to access musculoskeletal (MSK) structures, the skin, and soft tissues.

  • Needle Guidance Procedures

    Assess the various roles that needle guidance improves with POCUS such as with vascular access, arthrocentesis, and nerve blocks.