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22 minutes | Jul 7, 2021
A Lifetime of POCUS Learning
Arun Nagdev, M.D., is Exo’s Senior Director of Clinical Education. Separate from his capacity with Exo, he also serves as the Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Highland General Hospital as well as a Clinical Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In his previous academic position, Dr. Nagdev started the point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) program and fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Nagdev is a highly respected international POCUS researcher and educator. He has been a thought leader throughout his career, publishing more than 90 peer-reviewed papers on various aspects of POCUS including pain management, cardiac arrest and volume resuscitation. His work led to recognition and national awards at both the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) and Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). His desire to increase clinical POCUS education for residents and medical students has garnered him numerous teaching awards at Brown University, Highland Hospital and UCSF. Over the course of his career, he has been an invited lecturer for POCUS education at numerous national emergency medicine conferences (ACEP, SAEM, AAEM, etc). He currently serves as president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) POCUS section and is the incoming president for ACEP Ultrasound section. Keep exploring point-of-care ultrasound at POCUS.org.
14 minutes | May 13, 2021
Physician Assistants Pursue POCUS Training
Nicole Reichhart, PA-C, is Assistant Professor and didactic faculty for the California State University, Monterey Bay Master of Science Physician Assistant program. She earned a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Albany Medical College in 2012 and completed an Emergency Medicine fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School in 2013. She has piloted a point-of-care ultrasound curriculum throughout the didactic phase of the MSPA program, preparing the students to enter their clinical year with a vast POCUS skillset. Nicole embeds POCUS into both the anatomy and physiology and clinical skills courses. She is passionate about implementing point-of-care ultrasound in physician assistant school curriculum and providing her students with opportunities to collaborate in the shared mission of improving global health and setting standards for excellence in POCUS. She has nine years of clinical experience as a PA, much of which has been in caring for patients in underserved communities. Nicole is a military spouse, mother of three children under 5, and enjoys a good brunch.
14 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Overcoming POCUS Plateaus
Andre Kumar, MD, MEd, is a clinical assistant professor of internal medicine at Stanford University. He is the director for the Stanford Medicine Procedure Service, President of the Society of Hospital Medicine Bay Area, and an instructor for the Society of Hospital Medicine POCUS Certification Program. Dr. Kumar is passionate about researching POCUS for patient care and guiding future accreditation. He is currently the lead investigator for a multi-institutional study involving the use of POCUS for COVID-19, and he recently published two randomized trials investigating how to optimally train resident physicians with POCUS. Resources This study found that while a 2-day hands-on ultrasound course provides internal medicine physicians with an initial understanding of POCUS, there are barriers in transferring these abilities to clinical practice. Find out how an interprofessional, near-peer workshop can help internal medicine residents develop POCUS skills, especially in programs where faculty expertise is limited. Learn what will help residents overcome the barrier of unfamiliarity with documenting ultrasounds for diagnostic decision-making. Discover how a phased implementation of POCUS curriculums has proven successful and could inform future educational programs. Visit us at POCUS.org.
16 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
POCUS Augments Critical Care Nursing Diagnostics
Leon Chen, DNP, is a board certified acute care nurse practitioner with background in critical care medicine. He is the clinical program manager of research and simulated learning for the department of anesthesiology and critical care medicine at memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center, and a clinical assistant professor at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing. He is a strong proponent of utilizing point of care ultrasonography to rapidly delineate differential diagnoses and to guide resuscitation. Leon is also a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and the NY Academy of Medicine. He serves on the editorial board of Critical Care Nursing Quarterly and the Journal of American Association of Nurse Practitioners. He earned a certificate of completion in critical care ultrasonography from the American College of Chest Physicians and is active in point of care ultrasonography education. Resources Read this study about how nurses’ use of ultrasound enhanced the diagnostic process and level of care heart failure patients receive at an outpatient clinic. Examine this review of 11 full-text publications and 10 conference abstracts found that patients experience positive benefits when renal nurses and technicians use POCUS. Learn more here. Discover why the Canadian Association of Radiologists Position Statement on Point-of-Care Ultrasound also relates to nurse practitioners and other health care providers who use POCUS.
21 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Paving the Way for POCUS
Becca Davis, MD, is an Internal Medicine physician at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and an assistant professor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She completed her medical school training and internal medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania where she went on to be chief resident before making the move to Jefferson. She is currently an assistant program director for the Internal Medicine/Primary Care Residency and associate program director for the Internal Medicine POCUS Fellowship, which just started this year at Jefferson. While she was lucky enough to get some exposure to ultrasound in residency, she really developed her POCUS skill set two years ago when she became an attending. She works closely with the EM and critical care teams to help spread her passion for POCUS across the department and participates in the institutional Point of Care Ultrasound Committee. Primarily, Becca is working to create a formalized POCUS curriculum and electives for the residency and develop a clinical pathway for hospitalists to gain POCUS skills in addition to her fellowship and clinical responsibilities.
31 minutes | Jan 15, 2021
POCUS and the Environment
Dr. Matthew Burke received his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his family medicine residency at Brown University and, through the Robert Graham Center in Washington, D.C., subsequently completed a fellowship in primary care health policy at Georgetown University. Since then, Dr. Burke has worked in federal government, academic residency practice, and urgent care. He served as the new physician member to the American Academy of Family Physicians’ (AAFP) board of directors from 2016 to 2017. He is currently practicing in Arlington, VA. He has strong interests in the social determinants of health and in particular environmental determinants, as the climate crisis threatens to be the public health emergency of the 21st century.
27 minutes | Nov 13, 2020
The Value of Volunteering
James A. DellaValle, MD, is a graduate of the Drexel University School of Medicine. He is a board-certified in emergency and family medicine, focusing on those in rural areas and under-served populations. Dr. DellaValle served as medical advisor and member of the Board of Trustees of Hands Together, a non-governmental organization (NGO) working with the poorest of the poor in Haiti, for 15 years. He has been awarded a fellowship by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is also certified by ARDMS in abdominal, cardiac, and vascular ultrasound. Dr. DellaValle continues to be involved in undergraduate and graduate medical education. Presently, he serves as an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at The Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York, and as the Chair of the APCA POCUS Certification Assessment Committee.
21 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
What is Tele-Medicine?
Barry Ziring, MD, serves as a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and the Division Director of Internal Medicine at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.
19 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
The Future of Medical Imaging, Today
Donald Rainville, RDMS (ABD & OBGYN), RVT, RDCS and RT(R), began his love for medical ultrasound in 1978 as a SSGT Phase II Radiology Program Instructor with the U.S. Air Force. With 42 years of experience in medical ultrasound imaging, Don now serves as the Vice President of Clinical Innovation at EchoNous. His primary areas of interest are ultrasound education, product design, and artificial intelligence related to medical ultrasound devices. Babajide Ayinde, Ph.D., specializes in deep learning – a subset of artificial intelligence (AI). He currently works with EchoNous as a Principal Machine Learning Scientist where he develops POCUS-focused AI applications for facilitating clinical workflows. Dr. Ayinde received his Master of Science degree in Engineering Systems and Control from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Louisville, USA. Dr. Ayinde is internationally recognized for his research and expertise in the use of A.I for medical and traditional image analysis. He has authored many peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has published papers in both regional and international conferences
16 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
What Medical Schools Should Consider When Developing A Sustainable POCUS Program
Karthik Vadamalai, MD, received his medical degree at Kilpauk Medical College located in Tamilnadu, India. Driven to practice evidence-based medicine, he pursued his internal medicine residency at Rochester General Hospital, New York, and a critical care medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). Dr. Vadamalai also completed a master’s degree in medical education at the University of Pittsburgh. With support from the UPMC internal medicine team and his critical care medicine mentors, Dr. Vadamalai built a sustainable POCUS curriculum for medical residents. Presently, he is a full-time faculty member at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, where he serves as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Missouri, Springfield Campus.
16 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
POCUS Enhances Healthcare in Remote Regions
Carrie Hayes, MHS, PA-C, RDMS, RVT, is an Interventional Radiology Physician Assistant for Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto, California and has over fifteen years of experience as a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer and Vascular Technologist. Additionally, she currently serves as the Clinical director for RAD-AID International, a radiology non-profit organization whose mission is to improve and optimize access to medical imaging and radiology in low resource regions of the world.
19 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
POCUS: The Modality for Advanced Nursing
Dr. Thomas Kelly, CRNA is an advanced practice nurse who holds certification as a Nurse Anesthetist and holds a doctorate in Nursing Practice. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in 1978 and has pursued his education to the highest level, serving as an Assistant Professor of Nurse Anesthesia Science and Assistant Director of Nurse Anesthesia in Thomas Jefferson University's Master's program. Dr. Kelly now serves as a senior member of the NeuroScience Intervention team. This team has members on call 24 hours a day ready to intervene in acute neurologic stroke attacks, and at times, able to markedly reduce the resultant brain injury caused by thrombotic stroke.
17 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
The Importance of Continuing Medical Education
Andrea Funk, has been in the medical education industry since 2011. During her time with the Global Education Group, she’s focused on program management and operations with an emphasis on customer service. Andrea received her degree in business from the University of Denver. When she isn’t managing programs, mentoring employees, or completing outcomes and reconciliations, she likes to spend her time painting, crocheting, or at concerts.
19 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Improving Global Health Through POCUS25
Dr. Victor Rao is a radiologist and POCUS pioneer who first introduced POCUS to future medical professionals at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM). Here, he developed the POCUS curriculum, and the POCUS learning and eLearning content geared towards medical and physician assistant students. Dr. Rao went on to present POCUS to the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania and the University of Santo Thomas in Manila, Philippines. His passions are ultrasound and point-of-care ultrasound.
35 minutes | May 27, 2020
Using POCUS for Veterinary Care
Richard Markell, DVM, MRCVS, MBA, is a veterinarian, key opinion leader, business and science entrepreneur, and an experienced consultant in the veterinary clinical practice, pharmaceutical, educational, and medical equipment sectors. He has been in his elite equine veterinary practice for 31 years. He has traveled all over the globe as a former veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Team and for international horses and clients. He is currently the Director of the Veterinary Program at Butterfly Network - a disruptive and revolutionary new whole-body ultrasound device. Dr. Markell is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Sand Diego Rady School of Management. He lives in Encinitas (San Diego), California, with his wife and two dogs... a good one and a naughty one! He has a son attending the California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.
20 minutes | May 12, 2020
How Technology is Changing POCUS
Thomas Baribeault is the founder of the Society for Opioid-Free Anesthesia (SOFA) and is currently serving as President. SOFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research on opioid-free anesthesia and post-operative pain management. Thomas currently practices in Atlanta, Georgia and is responsible for implementing opioid free anesthesia and post-operative pain protocols. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Ohio State University, a Master of Science in nursing and anesthesia residency from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate in nursing practice and pain management fellowship from the University of South Florida. Additional Resources Don’t miss our blog on how the evolution of POCUS technology continues to advance perioperative care. (need link to blog) Read the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine’s (ASRA) statement on why POCUS technology continues to be an innovative tool. Learn about the Top 10 Perioperative Applications of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Anesthesiologists. Here are recommendations for Acquiring and maintaining point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) competence for anesthesiologists. Take a reflective look back at how far we’ve come in POCUS for Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasonography.
20 minutes | May 6, 2020
Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals
Katie Wiskar, MD, is an academic general internist working at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. She recently completed a year of dedicated POCUS fellowship including training in Western University's prestigious Critical Care Ultrasound program. Her POCUS passions include all things echocardiography, clinical integration of ultrasound findings, and correcting common POCUS myths and misunderstandings.
22 minutes | Mar 19, 2020
Tracking COVID-19 with Dr. Yale Tung Chen
Yale Tung Chen, MD, is an emergency medicine physician living with an active COVID-19 infection. He currently serves as the Director of the Ultrasound Division at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, Spain.
20 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Importance of External Validation
Dale is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director for Inteleos, the umbrella governance and management organization for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA) and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy Councils. Dale has been an executive within the certification community for 20 years. Inteleos is a dedicated ANSI-ISO 17024 accredited organization with over 115,000 active certificants across 70 countries and delivers computer-based examinations in 28 countries. Inteleos global expansion includes customizing assessment programs in China, Latin America, managing the Vascular Scientist assessment program in the United Kingdom and developing and validating varying standards of individual proficiencies in the use of Point-Of-Care Ultrasound through the POCUS Certification Academy. Dale has given numerous lectures and workshops in areas of business and certification throughout the world and presently sits on the Executive Committee for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is the immediate Past Chair of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Credentialing Institute. Dale is also a co-inventor of a patent for a new type of test question and measurement. Dale has an MBA in finance from the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle, WA and also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).
19 minutes | Jan 24, 2020
Physician Recruiting in the Great White North
Daphné Savoy is a Physician Recruiter in Northern British Columbia (Canada) - she is passionate about life in the North. Daphné lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, before moving to her current home in Fort St. John, British Columbia. In her free time, Daphné enjoys fishing, spending time in the wilderness, and dreaming about having her own team of sled dogs!
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