Recent Course Reviews

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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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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Great course

Muhammad Ijaz

I thought this was a great course

I thought this was a great course

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Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to the Course!

    • Message from Your Instructor

    • Earning Your CMEs

    • Disclosure on Commercial Materials/Photos

    • Before we begin...

  • 2

    Ultrasound Basics

    • Review of Commonly Used POCUS Devicess

    • Ultrasound Device Basics

    • Echogenicity and Gain

    • Transducer Movements

    • Basics of Doppler

    • Ultrasound Artifacts

    • Ultrasound Basics Quiz

  • 3

    Vascular Basics and DVT

    • Introduction to the Vascular Portion

    • Lecture on Differentiating Arteries from Veins

    • Lecture on the Aorta Exam

    • Demonstration of the Aorta Exam

    • Demonstration of the Suprasternal Notch View

    • Lecture on the Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Exam

    • Demonstration of the IVC Exam in the RUQ

    • Lecture on the Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Exam

    • Demonstration of the Femoral Region DVT Exam

    • Demonstration of the Popliteal Portion of the DVT Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Vascular Basics and DVT Quiz

  • 4

    Vascular Access

    • Lecture on Vascular Access

    • Demonstration of Creating a Vascular Access Phantom

    • Demonstration of Peripheral Vascular Access Technique

    • Demonstration of Central Vascular Access Technique

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Vascular Access Quiz

    • Completion of Vascular Basics, DVT, and Vascular Access

  • 5

    Cardiac Exams

    • Introduction to the Cardiac Exams

    • Lecture on the Apical Views

    • Demonstration of the Apical Views

    • Lecture on the Parasternal Long Axis View

    • Lecture on the Parasternal Short Axis View

    • Demonstration of the Parasternal Long and Short Axis Views

    • Lecture on the Subxiphoid View and Pericardial Effusions

    • Demonstration of the Subxiphoid View

    • Lecture on Ultrasound in Cardiac Arrest

    • CME from TOTAL EM Podcasts

    • Podcast #183 - Regional Wall Motion Abnormalities in Myocardial Infarctions

    • Podcast #186 - Does Cardiac Ultrasound Help Rule Out Acute Aortic Syndromes?

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Cardiac Quiz

    • Completion of Cardiac Exams

  • 6

    Lung Exams

    • Introduction to the Lung Exam

    • Lecture on Lung Sliding

    • Podcast #95 - Lung Ultrasound for Pneumothorax with Fritz Fuller

    • Demonstration of Lung Sliding Exam

    • Demonstration of Using M-Mode to Assess Lung Sliding

    • Lecture on the BLUE Protocol

    • Demonstration of the Anterior Lung Exam

    • Demonstration of the Lateral Lung Exam

    • Demonstration of the Posterior Lung Exam

    • A Primer to Lung Findings in COVID-19

    • COVID-19 Case Studies

    • Disinfecting the Probe and Other Questions Answered with Dr. Chen

    • Podcast #35 - POCUS and Undifferentiated Dyspnea with Patrick and Frank

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Lung Quiz

    • Completion of Lung Exams

  • 7

    The eFAST Exam

    • Introduction to the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Lung Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Cardiac Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the RUQ Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the LUQ Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Lecture on the Suprapubic Portion of the eFAST Exam

    • Demonstration of the eFAST Exam

    • Podcast #79 - Quick Tips to Improve the eFAST Exam

    • Podcast #157 - EB Medicine: POCUS Pearls in Pediatric Trauma

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • The eFAST Exam Quiz

  • 8

    Fluid Assessment

    • Introduction to Fluid Assessment

    • Lecture on the Fluid Assessment Exam

    • Demonstration of the Fluid Assessment Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Fluid Assessment Quiz

    • Completion of Fluid Assessment

  • 9

    Genitourinary and Obstetrics

    • Introduction to Genitourinary (GU) and Obstetrics

    • Lecture on the Bladder Exam

    • Demonstration of the Bladder Exam

    • Podcast #117 - Check the Bladder Before the Radiology Performed Ultrasound

    • Lecture on the Renal Exam

    • Demonstration of the Renal Exam

    • Podcast #115 - To POCUS or Not to POCUS Renal Colic and Flank Pain

    • Lecture on the Early Pregnancy Exam

    • Demonstration of Assessing for Fetal Heart Rate

    • Podcast #82 - Can Ultrasound Replace Pelvic Exams in Vaginal Bleeding?

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • GU and OB Quiz

    • Completion of Genitourinary (GU) and Obstetrics

  • 10

    The RUSH Exam

    • Introduction to the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Pump" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Tank" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Lecture on the "Pipes" Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Podcast #144 - Should Your RUSH to the Ultrasound in Hypotension?

    • Lecture on Pulmonary Embolism

    • Demonstration of the FAST Exam Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Demonstration of the Lung Portion of the RUSH Exam

    • Demonstration of the RUSH Exam

    • Another Demonstration of the RUSH Exam But Without Aorta and IVC

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • The RUSH Exam Quiz

  • 11


    • Introduction to the Ocular Exam

    • Lecture on Ocular Overview

    • Lecture on Anterior Eye Pathology

    • Lecture on Mid Eye Pathology

    • Lecture on Posterior Eye Pathology

    • Podcast #168 - POCUS as a Window to the Eyes and Happy PA Week

    • Demonstration of the Ocular Exam

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Ocular Quiz

    • Completion of the Ocular Exam

  • 12


    • Introduction to the Gallbladder Exam

    • Lecture on Transducer Placement for Biliary Exams

    • Lecture on Biliary Measurements

    • Discussing How to Examine the Gallbladder

    • Demonstration of Identifying and Measuring the Common Bile Duct

    • Demonstration of Zooming In for Common Bile Duct Measurement

    • Podcast #177 - Is the Common Bile Duct Important to Visualize on POCUS?

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Gallbladder Quiz

    • Lecture on Common Biliary Pathology

    • Completion of the Gallbladder Exam

  • 13

    Airway Assessment

    • Introduction to Airway Assessment

    • Lecture on POCUS for Intubation

    • Podcast #118 - Confirming Intubation with Ultrasound

    • Demonstration of Identifying the Esophagus for Intubation

    • Lecture on the Front of Neck Airway (FONA) Exam

    • Demonstration of Identifying the Cricothyroid Membrane

    • Lecture on Assessing for Aspiration Risk

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Airway Quiz

    • Completion of Airway Assessment

  • 14

    Musculoskeletal (MSK), Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

    • Introduction of the MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

    • Lecture on Skin and Soft Tissue Pathology

    • Podcast #119 - POCUS Improves Abscess Management

    • Lecture on Muscles and Tendons

    • Podcast #152 - POCUS for Flexor Tenosynovitis

    • Demonstration of Evaluating the Wrist and Hand Tendons

    • Demonstration of the Achilles Tendon Exam

    • Demonstration of the Anterior Shoulder Exam

    • Demonstration of the Posterior Shoulder Exam

    • Lecture on Fractures and Dislocations

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Quiz

    • Completion of the MSK, Skin, and Soft Tissue Exams

  • 15

    Needle Guidance Procedures

    • Introduction to Needle Guidance Procedures

    • Lecture on Procedure Basics

    • Lecture on Phantom Options

    • Podcast #164 - Why Tofu Rocks for POCUS Training

    • Demonstration of Creating an Arthrocentesis Phantom

    • Lecture on Arthrocentesis

    • Demonstration of Arthrocentesis Technique

    • Lecture on Nerve Block Examples

    • Demonstration of the Interscalene Nerve Block

    • Demonstration of the Femoral Nerve Block

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Needle Guidance Procedures Quiz

    • Completion of Needle Guidance Procedures

  • 16

    Bonus: Miscellaneous GI Pathology

    • Lecture on Appendicitis

    • Podcast #161 - POCUS for Appendicitis

    • Lecture on Small Bowel Obstruction (SBO)

    • Lecture on Pyloric Stenosis

    • Pertinent Ultrasound Articles

    • Miscellaneous GI Pathology Quiz

  • 17

    Bonus: Administrative Topics

    • Introduction to Administrative Topics

    • Lecture on Credentialing and Privileging

    • Lecture on Documentation

    • Podcast #30 - SPACUS and POCUS Competency with Frank Norman

    • Podcast #31 - Integrating an Ultrasound Program with Frank Norman

    • Podcast #116 - POCUS Improves Patient Understanding and Satisfaction

    • Podcast #129 - SPOCUS Series: Why to Integrate Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #130 - SPOCUS Series: How to Integrate Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #131 - SPOCUS Series: Logistics to Integrating Ultrasound into a Program

    • Podcast #173 - Promoting POCUS Utilization and Celebrating Wins

    • Resources Including Policy Statements from ACEP

    • Statements from SPOCUS

    • Reimbursement Guides

    • Administration Topics Quiz

  • 18

    Next steps

    • Before You Take Your Test

    • Final Test

    • Information Needed for CME Certificate

    • Congrats! You Have Finished the Course!

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

CME Statements


    This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and Practical POCUS, LLC. Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

  • Credit Designation:

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

  • Other Learners:

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine will provide Other learner certificates (APPs, PAs, nurses, and other types of learners). The certificate will state that the activity was designated for 20.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Follow your board's requirements for reciprocal CE credits.

  • Conflict of Interest Statement:

    Saint Louis University School of Medicine CME Program has reviewed this enduring material and the planner, course directors, and instructor's disclosure documents and have found no financial relationships or bias toward commercial interest.


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

    The Portable Ultrasound Master Class takes 20 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 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.