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A hands-on primer to portable ultrasound at the bedside

Workshop Overview

The Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians is a unique hands-on experience to teach providers point-of-care applications of portable ultrasound. During a series of hands-on sessions, participants will practice capturing specific ultrasound views on live models and patients under the guidance of experienced faculty. The hands-on sessions will be complemented by didactic lectures to improve the participants' knowledge of the indications, technical skills, and limitations of bedside ultrasound.


Who Should Attend?

This workshop is designed for novice users of portable ultrasound.

  • Internal Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants

Why is this workshop unique?

  • Maximum hands-on practice with live models and actual patients
  • Small group workshops with low participant to faculty ratios
  • Discounted pricing significantly less than other courses
  • Curriculum designed to teach the highest-yield skills for clinicians

What can you expect to learn?

  • Fundamental principles of ultrasound technology and basic operation of a portable ultrasound machine
  • Techniques to perform bedside procedures with ultrasound guidance, including central venous catheterization, thoracentesis, paracentesis, and lumbar puncture
  • Techniques to perform focused diagnostic ultrasound examinations at the bedside, including imaging of the heart, lungs, and major abdominal organs
  • Indications basic protocols, and limitations of bedside ultrasound imaging
  • Practice interpretation of normal and abnormal ultrasound images

We can provide off-site training at your facility for a customized training event. Please contact us at (210) 567-4815 for information.

Workshop Schedule

DAY 1:

7:30—8:00 am

Breakfast & Registration

8:00—8:15 am                


8:15—8:30 am 

Introduction & Course Overview

8:30—8:45 am

Getting started: Equipment, Knobology & Physics

8:45—9:15 am

Vascular Ultrasound & Venous Access

9:15—10:45 am               

Hands-on Session 1 (Rotation every 20 min)


Table 1: Central venous access
Table 2: Central venous access

Table 3: Peripheral venous/arterial access

Table 4:  Live model scanning-IJ and CFV scan

10:45—11:00 am            


11:00—11:30 am            

Abdominal Part 1: Abdominal Free Fluid & Paracentesis

11:30—12:30 pm            

Hands-on Session 2 (Rotation every 15 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Paracentesis

Table 2: Live model scanning-Abdominal free fluid
Table 3: Live model scanning-Abdominal free fluid
Table 4: Ultrasound-guided Paracentesis

12:30—1:30 pm              


1:30—2:00 pm                

Lung Ultrasound & Thoracentesis

2:00—3:00 pm 

Hands-on Session 3 (Rotation every 15 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Pleural effusion
Table 2: Live model scanning-Protocois (Scan Lines, BLUE)

Table 3: Live model scanning-Pneumothorax
Table 4: Ultrasound-guided Thoracentesis

3:00—3:30 pm                

Ultrasound-guided Lumbar Puncture & DVT Lecture

3:30—3:45 pm               


3:45—4:45 pm               

Hands-on Session 4 (Rotation every 15 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Lumbar spine mapping

Table 2: Live model scanning-DVT
Table 3: Live model scanning-DVT
Table 4: Ultrasound-guided Lumbar Puncture

4:45—5:20 pm                

Practice Interpretation of Abnormal Images

5:20—5:30 pm                



DAY 2:

7:30—8:00 am                


8:00—8:45 am

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Lecture

8:45—10:45 am

Hands-on Session 5 (Rotation every 30 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Apical Window

Table 2: Live model scanning-Subcostal Window & IVC

Table 3: Live model scanning-Parasternal Window
Table 4: Live model scanning-Parasternal Window

10:45—11:00 am


11:00—11:30 am

Abdomen Part 2: Gallbladder, Aorta, Kidney & Bladder

11:30—12:30 pm

Hands-on Session 6 (Rotation every 15 min)


Table 1:  Live model scanning-Kidney & Bladder

Table 2: Live model scanning-Gallbladder
Table 3: Live model scanning-Gallbladder
Table 4: Live model scanning-Aorta

12:30—1:30 pm


1:30—3:15 pm

Hands-on Session 7: Live Patient Scanning & Pathologic Findings


Table 1: Patient Scanning-Cardiac Pathologies

Table 2: Patient Scanning-Abdominal Pathologies

Table 3: Patient Scanning-Cardiac Pathologies
Table 4: Patient Scanning-Abdominal Pathologies

3:15—3:30 pm


3:30—4:30 pm 

Practice Interpretation of Abnormal Images

4:30—4:45 pm

Course Review

4:45—5:00 pm

Post-test & Course Evaluation

5:00 pm



Course Directors

Nilam J. Soni, MD, FHM, FACP
Director, Hospital Procedure Service
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Hospital Medicine, Department of Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

Craig A. Sisson, MD, RDMS, FACEP
Director, Division of Emergency Ultrasound
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio

UT Faculty

Drake Coffey, MD
Assistant Professor / Ultrasound Faculty
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio

Christopher Gelabert, MD
Assistant Professor/Ultrasound Faculty
Department of Emergency Medicine
UT Health Science Center San Antonio

Guest Faculty

Ricardo Franco-Sadud, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Rush University Medical School
Director, Inpatient Procedure Service
John Stroger Hospital of Cook County

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Registration Fees

February 12 - 13, 2015
Registration Fee Type
Registration Fee
Physicians/Other Learners

Cancellations made on or before Jan. 12th will be refunded at 50% of the paid registration rate. Cancellations received after Jan. 12th will not be refunded.

Click on the course you would like to register for and attend:

Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians Workshop - CLOSED
November 6 - 7, 2014

Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians Workshop
February 12 -13, 2015

Continuing Accreditation Statement

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians workshop will be held at:
Hotel Contessa
306 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 229-9222

Elaine Servin
Phone: (210) 567-4815


Hotel Contessa
306 W. Market Street
San Antonio, TX 78205
Tel: (210) 229-9222

Room Block
A block of rooms has been reserved at the special symposium rate.

To qualify for the special rate for the November 6-7 workshop, please be sure to reserve your room on or before October 22, 2014.

To qualify for the special rate for the February 12-13 workshop, please be sure to reserve your room on or before January 28, 2015.

Please make your room reservations call 1-866-435-0900 (or use the online reservation links below) and state that you are with the Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians. All room reservations must be guaranteed with a major credit card. After the cut-off date, the hotel will release the unreserved rooms for general sale.

Online Hotel Contessa Reservations
November Course (November 6-7, 2014)
February Course (February 12-13, 2015)

Guest Suite Rates
$169.00 Single
$169.00 Double Rate
The above net non-commissionable rates are subject to tax, currently at 16.75% per room per night and the tax is subject to change without notice.

Amenity Fee
A nightly Amenity Fee of $3.00 plus 8.25% tax will be applicable. This includes Business Center Services and Printing, complimentary USA Today newspaper, Fitness Center, free local and 800 phone calls.

Check-In Time: 4:00 pm
Check-Out Time: 11:00 am

Attendees are responsible for all individual charges, room, tax and incidentals incurred at the Hotel. Payment of charges is due and payable upon check-out. The UT Health Science Center San Antonio School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education will not be responsible for any charges incurred.

Guarantee Policy

The Hotel requires that all reservations be guaranteed either by a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa) or by a cash/check deposit for one night’s room and tax. Guarantee/deposit will not be refunded unless the individual reservation is cancelled forty eight (48) hours in advance.


Hotel Contessa offers valet parking at $15.00 per car, per day and $30.00 overnight plus applicable taxes. Self-parking is available at local garages with daily prices ranging from $10.00-$15.00.


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