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. 

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