Program Description

Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is an essential tool for clinicians who care for acutely ill patients. The integration of POCUS into clinical practice reduces clinician uncertainty, allows for the rapid diagnosis of life-threatening condition like cardiac tamponade, limits unnecessary chest radiographs and computed tomography, and guides safe bedside procedures such as thoracentesis. Indeed, the use of POCUS in the evaluation of acutely ill patients is now widely accepted as standard of care. The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the most common applications of POCUS. The benefits and limitations of POCUS will be stressed throughout. Lectures will be paired with hands-on ultrasound evaluation of standardized patients.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

1. Describe the 4 basic cardiac ultrasound views (parasternal long axis, parasternal short axis, apical four chamber, and subcostal).
2. Describe how POCUS can aid in the identification of right heart failure.
3. Identify pleural effusions and pneumothorax using POCUS
4. Describe how POCUS can be used to refine the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with respiratory failure and shock.

Target Audience

This CME program is designed to meet the educational needs of Hospital Medicine Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Residents who care for acutely ill patients.

Conference Location

The program will be held at the 3rd floor Conference Center located in the Feinberg Pavilion of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 251 E. Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois. Discounted parking is available at the Huron/ St. Clair parking garage, 222 East Huron Street. Please contact the hospital at 312-926-2000 for directions and parking information or visit:



Credit Designation Statement

The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses and other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on applicability and acceptance of certificates of participation for education activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ from organizations by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

7:30 – 8:00 AM Registration
8:00 – 8:15 AM Introduction and Welcome - James Walter, MD
8:15 – 8:50 AM Probes, Knobology, and Evaluation of Left Ventricular Function - Russell Horowitz, MD
8:50 – 9:00 AM Station set-up
9:00 – 10:00 AM Hands-on Ultrasound Evaluation of Standardized Patients + Sim - All faculty
10:00 – 10:30 AM Right Ventricular Function - Vibhu Sharma, MD
10:30 – 11:00 AM Lung and Pleural Ultrasound - Colin Gillespie, MD
11:00 – 12:00 AM Hands-on Ultrasound Evaluation of Standardized Patients + Sim - All faculty
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch on Own
1:00 – 1:30 PM POCUS and Fluid Responsiveness - Gregg Helland, MD
1:30 – 2:30 PM Hands-on Ultrasound Evaluation of Standardized Patients
2:30 – 2:45 PM Break
2:45 – 3:15 PM Approach to Respiratory Failure and Shock - John Bailitz, MD
3:15 – 4:15 PM Hands-on Ultrasound Evaluation of Standardized Patients
4:15 – 4:30 PM Summary of Key Points - James Walter, MD