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Full-day workshop during which advanced practice providers will learn point-of-care ultrasound techniques through lectures and hands-on, case-based scanning on live models in facilitated small groups, building from beginner to intermediate skill level.
Participants will achieve a basic understanding of the application of point-of-care ultrasound, a cutting-edge diagnostic tool, in ambulatory and hospital settings.
“There are multiple take-aways from this session that I intend to use in clinical practice as an inpatient medicine PA.”
“This course definitely improved my confidence with ultrasound/evaluation skills.”
“Very thorough course and better than I expected. I would definitely recommend this course to others and I would even take it again.”
“Skills practice has solidified memory and application, identification of internal structures and organs, and normal and most common abnormal findings.”

Watch a brief video about POCUS in Physician Assistant education and clinical use by Josh Merson, 
MPAS, MS-HPEd, PA-C, EM-CAQ, Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Studies, MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Point of Care Ultrasound An Introduction
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Testimonials 2017 and 2018 Participants


After completing this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Describe the indications for, and practice performing the following point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) skills:
    • Focused cardiac and pulmonary, abdomen/pelvis
    • Vascular, aorta and deep venous thrombosis, soft tissue, US-guided venous access
    • 2 of 4 elective sessions: lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, nerve blocks and abscess drainage.
  • Apply knowledge of basic US physics and knobology as they relate to image acquisition and interpretation.
  • Integrate image findings in diagnostic and management discussions of clinical patients.

Course Director

Hana Dubsky, PA-C

Emergency Medicine Physician Associate and EM PA Ultrasound Director, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Hana Dubsky currently works as the Emergency Medicine Physician Associate Ultrasound Director at Brigham and Women's Hospital. She has received CAQ in Emergency Medicine and is a long-standing instructor and faculty member at Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Physician Assistant (PA) Program. In addition, she has taught the Point-of-care Ultrasound curriculum for the Physician Assistant Studies Programs at Tufts University and MGH Institute of Health Professions.
Additional Faculty
Ultrasound faculty and expertise from physicians and advanced practice providers from the Partners Healthcare System.


Agenda is subject to change
7:30 - 8:00
8:00 - 8:15
8:15 - 9:15
Knobology/Basic physics
9:00 - 10:00
Hands-on scanning in small groups - normal anatomic view, normal heart, low EF, effusion, RV strain
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:15
Intro to eFAST/RUSH
11:15 - 12:15
Hands-on scanning - hypotension/codes: trauma positive in all 3 quadrants, cardiac arrest with tension PTX, undifferentiated HOTN - normal echo, IVC with respiratory variation
12:15 - 1:00
 1:00 - 2:00
Vascular access, AA
 2:00 - 3:00
GU - kidney/bladder scanning, biliary scan
 3:00 - 3:15
 3:15 - 3:45
Hands-on scanning – renal/biliary
3:45 - 4:15
Hands-on scanning - elective procedure 1: lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, nerve blocks, or abscess drainage
4:25 - 4:55
Hands-on scanning - elective procedure 2: lumbar puncture, arthrocentesis, nerve blocks, or abscess drainage
5:00 - 5:15
5:15 - 5:30

Key Info

Date and Time: 

Saturday, October 17, 2020 • 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM


MGH Institute of Health Professions

Charlestown Navy Yard • Boston, MA 02129

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