WCUI CME Division Journey to CMA Accreditation

On March 18th, 2021 the WCUI CME Division participated in a self-study accreditation interview held by the California Medical Association (CMA) – a subgroup of ACCME, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Association. This key milestone is part of a year-long, accreditation journey to provide ultrasound training for non-sonographers, including but not limited to: 

  • Physicians
  • Physician Associates/Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners 
  • Registered Nurses 
  • Chiropractors 
  • Physical Therapists 

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As part of this self-study, the WCUI CME Division submitted performance in-practice examples from two webinars held by CME in 2020: 

CMA approval is pending with an outcome expected in August 2021. The WCUI CME Division plans to launch multiple courses, both virtually and in-person in various point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) modalities including musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSK), cardiac, and the Generalist certificate. These courses will be available for individual learners as well as with healthcare programs and healthcare facilities interested in expanding their knowledge of sonography to improve their practice.

Additional information about the WCUI CME Division can be found on wcui.edu/cme. Set up a 1-on-1 information session here with our WCUI CME division leaders to find out more about the pending approval from CMA/ACCME and future program offerings associated with AMA PRA 1 credits. 

One of the primary goals for WCUI is to promote the use and benefits of ultrasound technology across multiple professions outside of the sonography field. In doing so, our WCUI CME Division has been tasked with building inroads for point-of-care ultrasound education with non-sonographer communities. In October of 2020, WCUI partnered with Rock Run Physical Therapy in Utah to enhance patient care through a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound POCUS Training Course.

Musculoskeletal ultrasound is a powerful tool that physical therapists can utilize in their practice to enhance patient care by immediately determining if a patient is or is not a candidate for physical therapy, immediately determining the severity of a patient’s injury, visualizing joints post-treatment sessions, and determining the need for other imaging.

The training with Rock Run focused on upper and lower extremities in musculoskeletal ultrasound and was led by instructor Jeannine Noble PT, RMSK. During the training, Jeannine and the Rock Run Team utilized mediums such as Canvas for didactic material, a hybrid approach consisting of a virtual lab through the use of Butterfly teleguidance, and a hands-on lab training at the Rock Run facility in Roy, Utah.

The training concluded in January of 2021 with rave reviews of the owner of Rock Run, Brandon Hepner. After the course, attendees became comfortable with musculoskeletal ultrasound of the most commonly scanned anatomy, the ability to identify normal and pathological joints on ultrasound, and earned their POCUS Fundamentals Certification and POCUS MSK Certification. We enjoyed our partnership with Brandon and his team and look forward to seeing them continue to utilize these skills in their practice.

As we continue into 2021, WCUI’s CME Division will continue to partner with additional physical therapy groups, nationally in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Maryland. As a Certified POCUS Training Provider, the WCUI CME division will work to spread the knowledge of ultrasound and its ability to enhance patient care.

WCUI’s CME Division wrapped up an active 2020 year with a virtual webinar on Fetal Echocardiography: Beyond the 4-Chamber View. During the 2-hour webinar, speakers Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, Externship Director at WCUI Phoenix, and Dr. Ericka Sheller-McLaughlin of Phoenix Children’s Hospital teamed up to educate attendees on the importance of increasing prenatal detection rates of congenital heart disease and provided a comprehensive overview of the complete fetal echocardiographic evaluation, including normal and abnormal anatomic features and physiology.

This SDMS approved event provided learners with 2.0 units as the year came to a close and rounded out our 2020 CME Library where participants of the webinar and those who completed the library earned 8.5 CME credits.

WHO ATTENDED

The Fetal Echocardiography Live Webinar had a total of 59 attendees and 63 Zoom registrations. Out of that total, 18 were WCUI Alumni and 3 were WCUI Community Partners/Affiliates.

WEBINAR FEEDBACK

After the webinar, we re-connected with attendees to get their feedback on the content, speakers, and how learnings from the activity can directly impact patients in the workplace.

Thoughts on Lead Instructors:

  • “Fantastic, Very Informative. Thank you!, Material was explained very well.”

  • “Great visuals, clear explanation combined with warmth & professionalism.”​

  • “Excellent job of presenting the material and explaining the various defects in an easy-to-understand way… great pace and easily kept my attention start to finish.” ​

  • “Very detailed and comprehensive, excellent course.”

Personal Improvements Attendees Gained from the Course:

  • “Learning about the outflows. Improved my knowledge of understanding why those images are taken as a technician. Will definitely be useful in my field as I work.”​

  • “Evaluate the fetal heart with further understanding of views beyond the 4-chamber, share this information with 4 other Sonographer’s in my office, and increase our detection rate of cardiac defects using extra knowledge shared by this webinar.”​

  • “Purpose of determining fetal cardiac position & importance of high probability of heart defects.”

The WCUI Continuing Medical Education Division had tremendous growth this year through the adaptation of webinars during a tough year. The WCUI CME team looks forward to hosting more webinars, in-person and hybrid courses, and more in 2021 starting off with the first annual 2021 CME Week February 1-5. Interested in joining? Purchase your ticket HERE

A new year and a new opportunity to get ahead of your CME goals! WCUI’s Continuing Medical Education division is offering our first annual 2021 CME Week beginning February 1st through February 5th. The week will hold 5 days of educational webinars with academic leaders in the field that will help you expand your knowledge of ultrasound and how to apply it in your practice. 

Courses include topics in vascular ultrasound, echocardiography, musculoskeletal ultrasound, and breast ultrasound for a total of 9 CME credits approved through the SDMS. Ticket options include access to each day or the full week for only $20 – Purchase Your Ticket Here

SPECIAL GUESTS – DR. JON JACOBSON, DR. ANIL KUMAR, LAURIE BENTSON & MORE

During the full CME Week, WCUI will host Laurie Bentson, MHA, RVT, RDMS, esteemed sonographer, registered in vascular and abdominal ultrasound and Clinical Lab Director at the WCUI Phoenix campus, Dr. Anil Kumar, MD, MRCP, FACC, FSVM, DABVLM, RPVI, RPhS, Director of the Vein Center and Director Cardiovascular Imaging at Dignity Health: Yavapai Regional Medical Center, and many more!

Including a FREE live webinar on Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound with Dr. Jon A. Jacobson, FACR, FAIUM, FSRU, RMSK, board-certified musculoskeletal radiologist and Professor of Radiology and Director of the Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology in the Department of Radiology at the University of Michigan. To only register for the free webinar on Feb 5th with Dr. Jacobson, select your ticket for Day 5!

See the full schedule and presenters below! 

2021 CME Week Schedule and Presenters

Start the new year with us and gain the education you need to continue to improve patient care and your community. Swim fast – these tickets won’t last long! 

Visit https://wcui.edu/cme/ to learn more about the WCUI Continuing Medical Education Division and our upcoming MSK and POCUS courses designed to help non-sonographers utilize ultrasound in their practices.

Rise and grind, it’s time to get those last remaining CME credits before the year comes to an end! Join us on Monday, December 14th at 6:00 pm AZT on Zoom as WCUI Externship Director, Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, and Dr. Ericka Sheller-McLaughlin from Phoenix Children’s Hospital lead a virtual seminar on Fetal Echocardiography: Beyond the Four-Chamber View. The seminar is approved by SDMS and attendees will receive 2 CME credits for participating. 

Purchase Your Ticket Today to Reserve Your Spot!

After purchasing your ticket, please register for the webinar by following the link on the event page. 

WCUI CME Ticket Package:

Ready to crunch those last CME credit goals? Purchase our WCUI CME Ticket Package and gain admission to the webinar plus access to our CME Library where you can earn up to 6.5 CME credits, for a total of 8.5 credits! The WCUI CME Library has access to 3 asynchronous courses, approved by SDMS, so you can take the courses on your own schedule. 

CME Courses Include: 

Let’s close out the new year! Get Your Ticket + CME Library Access here: PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE 

Learn more about the WCUI CME Division by visiting: wcui.edu/cme/

WCUI is hosting another virtual CME seminar designed to help you become a more effective preceptor. Whether you are currently a preceptor or interested in learning more about how a preceptor can impact education and the future of healthcare, this seminar is a great opportunity to connect and learn from experts in the field!

Join us on Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 5:30 pm PST on Zoom as WCUI Externship Director, Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE, and owner of Sounds Sports Imaging and WCUI CME Director, Malka Stromer, MEd, BSc, RDMS, CRGS will lead a virtual seminar on becoming a more effective preceptor.

As a preceptor, it is critical to have a strong relationship with the students you take on during externship. In order to connect with the many new generations entering the field, preceptors must also continue to improve their communication skills, in the same manner, that we adapt to changes or new technology in the industry. In the Student Externship Preceptor Virtual Seminar, we will train attendees in the skills needed to be an effective preceptor through communication, conflict resolution, and building solid relationships with students and the school. In addition, the seminar is approved by SDMS and attendees will receive 2 CME credits for participating.

Register to save your spot today!

https://wcui.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrceqprzMuEtM9Wxwd4poF4U24wuPcvKUH

CME COURSE DETAILS:

 

Meet the Speakers

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Jason GrabhamRDCS, FASE

Jason Grabham is a cardiac sonographer registered in pediatric, fetal, and adult echocardiography.  He began his career at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and has spent nearly 30 years in the field. Jason’s clinical experience includes leading large, nationally ranked echocardiography programs including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Cincinnati Children’s/Kentucky Children’s Joint Heart Program in Lexington.

Throughout his career, Jason has focused heavily on programmatic and community outreach development, quality improvement, and sharing his passion for delivering the highest quality imaging for patients with congenital heart disease.  He is also a reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for pediatric and fetal laboratories and is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Jason has shifted his passion from delivering quality patient care into helping to develop and inspire the next wave of sonographers in his new role as Director of Externship for WCUI’s Phoenix campus.

 

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Malka Stromer, MEd, BSc, RDMS, CRGS

Malka Stromer is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer whose clinical skills were fostered at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai’s Center of Excellence in Obstetrical Ultrasound, in Toronto, Canada. Malka has spent the past 15 years of her career sharing her enthusiasm for sonography as a professor, first at her alma mater, Mohawk College (the collaborative Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences), and then at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor of Science and Master’s of Education from York University in Toronto, Canada.

Malka has spoken at various professional events and educational institutions on topics including sonography of the bowel and her research in the ethics of obstetrical ultrasound. She has authored a chapter in a sonography text, and has won a research award through the SDMS, and most recently the John and Suanne Rouche Excellence Award through the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges.

Malka is the owner of Sound Sports Imaging, LLC, and together with her colleague Jeannine Noble, now teaches POCUS and MSK ultrasound to health care professionals around the world. In addition, Malka has been leading the CME development program as the newest WCUI CME Director. This year the CMEs have transitioned to an online format with opportunities to join via live webinar or by registering for asynchronous courses. To learn more and register for our current list of asynchronous CME courses fill out the form here: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form or email CME@wcui.edu

 

TAKE A CME COURSE ON YOUR OWN SCHEDULE, REGISTER TODAY! 

Last month, WCUI hosted a LIVE CME webinar with guest speakers, Amy Zazerra OB, FE, RVT, and Jason Grabham RDCS, FASE over the topic “Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome”. If you missed the opportunity to log in, WCUI is now providing access to the free CME course worth 2.5 CME credits through SDMS! Once you gain access, you will be able to complete the course on your own time.

To gain access, please fill out the CME Course Enrollment Form and you’ll receive an invitation from the WCUI CME team: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form 

The course is a great opportunity for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and OB/GYNs who are interested in reviewing the importance of the fetal heart views and gain additional knowledge through a case study on hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). 

  CME COURSE DETAILS: 

  • When: Anytime! Enroll today & take the course on your own time: WCUI CME Course Enrollment Form 
  • Topic: Anatomical Survey – A Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome 
  • CME Credits: 2.5 SDMS credits

GAIN TWO CME CREDITS & REGISTER TODAY!

WCUI is hosting another LIVE webinar and CME opportunity on Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 at 3:00 pm PST. This webinar is a focused lecture on the 4-chamber heart and its complexities followed by a case study analysis of hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a detailed discussion of the pathology. This CME course is approved by SDMS for 2.0 SDMS credits and Registration is FREE!

 The webinar is a great opportunity for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and OB/GYNs who are interested in reviewing the importance of the fetal heart views and gain additional knowledge through a case study on hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS).

To sign up, register for the webinar in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

WEBINAR DETAILS:

When: June 17, 2020, 3:00 PM Pacific Standard Time

Topic: Anatomical Cardiac Survey – The Four Chamber View; Case Study Analysis of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

CME Credits: 2.0 SDMS credits

Register in advance for this webinar, by following this link: https://wcui.zoom.us/webinar/register/7015913976591/WN_UGG0XKHfTa6QYzNNrMzi4w 

MEET THE GUEST SPEAKERS

See our video on IGTV introducing Amy and Jason and learn more about the upcoming webinar!

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Amy Zazzerra, OB, FE, RVT

Amy Zazzera is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at SanTan Perinatal. She attended Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona, where she received her Associates in Applied Sciences (AAS) in May 2017. Her current registries include Obstetrics and Gynecology, Fetal Echocardiography (FE), Vascular Technology (RVT), and Abdomen/Small parts. 

Amy received her first position as a sonographer in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. She worked at a very busy clinic in downtown Phoenix where she developed a passion for high-risk obstetrics. Here, she worked to earn certification in CLEAR Cervical Length, Nuchal Translucency, and Nasal Bone.  As her experience grew, so did her fascination with the fetal heart and its complexities. By the end of 2019, she earned her credential in fetal echocardiography. She enjoys working with and continuously learning from her perinatologist, colleagues, and patients. 

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Jason Grabham, RDCS, FASE

Jason Grabham is a cardiac sonographer registered in pediatric, fetal, and adult echocardiography.  He began his career at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and has spent nearly 30 years in the field. Jason’s clinical experience includes leading large, nationally ranked echocardiography programs including Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Cincinnati Children’s/Kentucky Children’s Joint Heart Program in Lexington.

Throughout his career, Jason has focused heavily on programmatic and community outreach development, quality improvement, and sharing his passion for delivering the highest quality imaging for patients with congenital heart disease.  He is also a reviewer for the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for pediatric and fetal laboratories and is a Fellow of the American Society of Echocardiography.

Jason has shifted his passion from delivering quality patient care into helping to develop and inspire the next wave of sonographers in his new role as Director of Externship for WCUI’s Phoenix campus.

GAIN SDMS CME CREDIT & REGISTER FOR THE WCUI WEBINAR TODAY!

WCUI is hosting another LIVE webinar and CME opportunity on Friday, May 15th, 2020 at 12:00 pm AZT. This webinar is designed to develop the technical and cognitive skills required to perform venous insufficiency ultrasound evaluations and/or for assisting patients with treatment/disease management. This CME course is approved by SDMS for 1.50 SDMS credits and Registration is FREE!

The webinar is a great opportunity for Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Cardiovascular Sonography Alumni, and DMS, Cardiovascular and Vascular Sonographers who are interested in expanding their vascular sonography knowledge.

See the details below to register for the webinar in advance! 

ABOUT THE WEBINAR SPEAKER

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Laurie Bentson, MHA, RVT, RDMS is a sonographer registered in vascular and abdominal ultrasound. She attended the Oregon Institute of Technology and developed her vascular scanning skills while serving patients for 20 years at Banner University Medical Center-Phoenix campus. During her tenure, she managed the ultrasound team performing high-risk OB; supporting organ transplant services, vascular and cardiac surgeons, NICU, a stroke center, and a robust interventional radiology team to include ultrasound guidance procedures. Laurie furthered her education by obtaining her Master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and was promoted to Senior Manager, serving two additional major medical centers within Banner Health.

Throughout her career, Laurie has had the opportunity to develop students and seasoned technologists by sharing her experiences and enthusiasm for diagnostic imaging and most important, patient care. She continued working as an adjunct lab instructor, serving on multiple steering committees and the advisory board for the ultrasound program at Gateway Community College for much of her career. Laurie contributed to the development of structured reporting of vascular ultrasound findings to improve the quality of the documentation and standardize ultrasound imaging.  She has also successfully managed accreditation and reaccreditation processes for all imaging departments to include Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA), American College of Radiology (ACR), and Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Most recently, Laurie made the career choice to immerse herself in ultrasound once again through WCUI, where she serves as Clinical Lab Director – restructuring lab environments to mirror clinical spaces and maximize learning opportunities.

WEBINAR DETAILS:

To sign up, register for the webinar in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: May 15, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Arizona Time

Topic: Venous Insufficiency

CME Credits: 1.50 SDMS credits

Registration Link: https://wcui.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4Y7cTlczRfSYY_2v6hIkwA

GAIN CME* CREDIT & REGISTER FOR THE WCUI MRI WEBINAR TODAY!

WCUI is hosting a LIVE webinar and CME opportunity on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 4:00 pm AZT. SDMS (Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography) has approved the webinar for CME credit! The webinar will cover brain cross-sectional anatomy, including, explaining the sectional anatomy landmark approach, describing major divisions of the brain, and more!  The registration fee is waived for current WCUI students, alumni and affiliate partners.

This webinar is a great opportunity for MRI Alumni in need of registry review and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Alumni who are interested in pursuing the pediatric registry exam.

ABOUT THE WEBINAR SPEAKER

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John P. Lampignano is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiologic Sciences at Boise State University. For 35 years, John taught in the Medical Imaging program at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. John performed radiography for the Arizona State University Sports Medicine department for 10 years and was the lead technologist for the Arizona Cardinal Football team for 25 years. John Lampignano is also the co-author of “Radiographic Positioning and Related Anatomy“, which is going into its 10th edition this year.

John earned his Academic Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology from Gateway Community College, his Bachelor of Science in Education from Weber State University, and his Masters in Education in Educational Technology from Arizona State University.  He was awarded his ARRT credentials in Radiography and Computed Tomography.

WEBINAR DETAILS:

To sign up, register for the webinar in advance! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Apr 16, 2020 04:00 PM Arizona

Topic: Brain Cross-Sectional Anatomy

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_chAlXc0rSE-kEksSweDl5w

 

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