Family Medicine POCUS serves as an introduction to family medicine ultrasound. Participants learn and practice techniques through lecture and hands-on training taught by faculty.


Superficial Scanning

  • Select correct settings/probe for use in identifying superficial structures
  • Find and describe objects in phantom
  • Calculate volume of objects in phantom

Lung Ultrasound & DVT

  • Learn probe placement and settings to acquire thoracic ultrasound images for possible diagnosis of interstitial syndrome, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax
  • Describe thoracic ultrasound images in interstitial syndrome, pleural effusion, and pneumothorax
  • Identify and describe lung sliding, lung pulse, and lung point

Interactive Problems

  • Apply knowledge of congenital anomalies to identify abnormal ultrasound images
  • Evaluate clinical cases and suggest management strategies
  • Maintain activation of the Reticular Activating System

FAST & AAA Exams

  • List the indications and limitations for the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) and AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm) exams 
  • State the technique for the FAST and AAA exams
  • Demonstrate proper technique for the FAST and AAA exams
  • Show normal and abnormal finds of the FAST and AAA exams

Hands-on Practice

  • Practice FAST and AAA exams on course participants
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