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A hands-on primer to portable ultrasound at the bedside

Workshops Starting Fall 2013


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—8:20 am                


8:20—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 30 min)


Table 1: Central venous access

Table 2: Peripheral venous/arterial access

Table 3:  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 20 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Paracentesis

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

12:30—1:30 pm              


1:30—2:00 pm                

Pulmonary Ultrasound & Thoracentesis

2:00—3:00 pm 

Hands-on Session 3 (Rotation every 20 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Pleural effusion

Table 2: Live model scanning-Pneumothorax
Table 3: 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 20 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Lumbar spine mapping

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

4:45—5:20 pm                

Practice Interpretation of Abnormal Images

5:20—5:30 pm                

Wrap-up & Conclusion


DAY 2:

7:30—8:00 am                


8:00—8:45 am

Abdomen Part 2: Gallbladder, Aorta, Kidneys, & Bladder

8:45—9:45 am

Hands-on Session 5 (Rotation every 20 min)


Table 1: Live model scanning-Kidneys & Bladder

Table 2: Live model scanning-Gallbladder

Table 3: Live model scanning-Aorta

9:45—10:00 am

Basic Muskuloskeletal Ultrasound & Arthrocentesis Lecture

10:00—10:15 am


10:15—11:00 am

Hands-on Session 6 (Rotation every 15 min)


Table 1:  Live model scanning-Large joints

Table 2: Live model scanning-Tendons, bones
Table 3: Ultrasound-guided Arthrocentesis

11:00—11:30 am

Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Lecture

11:30—12:30 pm

Hands-on Session 7 (Rotation every 20 min)



Table 1: Live model scanning-Apical Window

Table 2: Live model scanning-Subcostal Window & IVC

Table 3: Live model scanning-Parasternal Window

12:30—1:30 pm              


1:30—3:30 pm

Hands-on Session 8: Live Patient Scanning & Pathologic Findings


Table 1: Patient Scanning-Cardiac Pathologies

Table 2: Patient Scanning-Abdominal Pathologies

Table 3: Patient Scanning-Other Pathologies

3:30—3:45 pm


3:45—4:15 pm 

Practice Interpretation of Abnormal Images

4:15—4:30 pm

Course Review

4:30—4:50 pm


4:50—5:00 pm

Course Evaluation


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, Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio


Registration Fees

OCTOBER 18 - 19, 2013
Registration Fee Types
Early Registration
(On or before Sept. 18)
Late Registration
(after Sept. 18)
$975 $1175

JANUARY 10 - 11, 2014
Registration Fee Types
Early Registration
(On or before Dec. 10)
Late Registration
(after Dec. 10)
$975 $1175

MAY 2 - 3, 2014
Registration Fee Types
Early Registration
(On or before Apr. 2)
Late Registration
(after Apr. 2)
$975 $1175
Registration for this workshop is now closed. Please check back for future date.

Cancellations made more than 30 days prior to the workshop will be refunded at 50% of the paid registration rate. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the workshop will not be refunded.

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

Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians - October 18 - 19, 2013
Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians - January 10 - 11, 2014
Bedside Ultrasound for Clinicians - May 2 - 3, 2014 - Registration Closed

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
Reduced room rates are available for participants by calling reservations at (866) 435-0900.


Continuing Medical Education Office
Phone: 1 (866) 601-4448 or (210) 567-4491

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

Reduced room rates are available for participants by calling reservations at (866) 435-0900.

*Corporate rate will be honored up to 30 days prior to the workshop. Please make your hotel accommodations early!


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