WCUI CME – From Webinar to Courses: POCUS MSK

As a finale to our first, ever CME Week, the WCUI CME Division hosted leading experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound including author, professor, and radiologist, Dr. Jon Jacobson – University of Michigan, Jeannine Noble – MSK expert and lead instructor for WCUI, Matt Weiss – Butterfly, Director of Strategic Clinical Sales, and Jasmine Rockett – POCUS Academy, Deputy Director of POCUS certification.  

“It helped reinforce what I told them (the patients) was going on in their shoulder, they could see it and trust it more.” –  Physcial Therapist at Rock Run Physical Therapy

From Webinar to POCUS MSK Course

The webinar: Introduction to MSK, brought 72 learners from various backgrounds, geographic areas, and organizations. The feedback from learners led our division to launch a Virtual MSK course utilizing Canvas classrooms, Zoom live lectures, and Butterfly proprietary technology known as Teleguidance for virtual lab. Relying on past learners, referrals, and word-of-mouth awareness, WCUI CME Division focused on what we believe is the core to a successful program:  

  • People: A lead instructor who is well-versed in didactic and hands-on instruction while being clinical experts in the subject and their field 
  • Personalization: Favorable learner to instructor ratio, multi-pronged approach to content delivery, individualized pathways to achieve each learner’s goal(s)
  • Partnership: A commitment on both sides to provide and receive continuous education and build the skill set necessary to elevate patient care 

The result? SOLD OUT. The March cohort included physical therapists, chiropractors, and a physician assistant. Given the virtual nature of the course, our learners came from 3 different states with the ability to learn from the comforts of their home or clinic. The course was separated into two Saturday sessions and included learning and practicing protocols on various anatomy. 

The schedule:

Day 1: Upper Extremity:

  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Wrist
  • Hand

Day 2: Lower Extremity 

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Ankle
  • Foot 

With POCUS MSK, “I’ll be able to better identify tissue changes to help guide plan of care as well as provide patient information about their health status” –  Physical Therapist at Tanana Chiefs Conference

 Our upcoming MSK trainings include a virtual POCUS MSK Course on July 10th and 22,  another virtual course in September, and an advanced hands-on course in the Fall.

 

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 our Virtual and In-person POCUS MSK training and additional programs available to improve your practice. 

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.

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.

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