Get comprehensive, hands-on experience from experts in the field of ultrasonography and echocardiography. Take individual courses, or earn the Certificate of Completion (COC) for critical care ultrasound.
1. Complete Online Learning Module: Bedside Ultrasound in Critical Care CAE Online
Supplement, strengthen, and refine your ultrasound coursework. Designed by frontline intensivist experts in critical care ultrasonography, these interactive, multimedia e-learning tutorials review essential components of critical care ultrasound. Purchase in our Online Store.
4. Complete Online Portfolio
After completion of the live courses and online CAE modules, you are eligible to enroll in the portfolio and final assessment. The Online Portfolio requires submission of 102 ultrasound video clips for review by faculty. Access to the portfolio will only be granted after completing the online and live course components.
A key element to training in critical care ultrasonography is ongoing bedside scanning activity. To foster self-directed learning, you will be required to assemble a portfolio of specific images to be reviewed and approved by a faculty member via the Internet. Expect a productive educational experience with peer-to-peer training that will foster ongoing scanning activity and yield high-quality image acquisition. You will need to have access to an ICU-based ultrasound machine with image storage capability.
The emphasis for portfolio development will be on quality of imaging. While specific examples of disease are not required, with the exception of pleural/lung disease, they are welcome. You may submit normal study results as the emphasis is on image quality rather than disease process. As a critical care ultrasonographer, consider developing your own teaching file, and this portfolio can start this process.
5. Pass a Final Comprehensive Final Assessment Exam
All previous requirements must be met before taking the exam. Opportunities to complete the final assessment are offered during the CHEST Annual Meeting and also when the essentials course in critical care ultrasound is offered during the year. CME is not offered for the portfolio or the final assessment.
Participants are required to complete the COC program within 3 years.
- Bedside intensivists interested in acquiring competence in critical care ultrasonography.
- Fellowship program directors who need to develop faculty capability in ultrasonography in order to train to their fellows.
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