In collaboration with iTeachU, SCA is very excited to present our hybrid course - part online learning and part hands-on participation.

We conducted an extensive needs based assessment for the use of clinical ultrasound by anesthesiologists in the practice of perioperative medicine. The Perioperative Ultrasound Course (PoCUS) is a collaboration between SCA and iTeachU that provides education to help address the professional practice gaps found in the assessment.

PoCUS offers training in utilizing basic clinical ultrasound to assist in clinical assessment, decision-making and using ultrasound to guide percutaneous procedures. This is a three-part course that requires learners to complete an online course, a hands-on workshop and a number of supervised studies which are tracked in an online log book.

Participants who compete the online program, live hands-on workshop, and the log book (75 studies), will receive a program completion certificate.

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2021 Hands-On Workshop: February 7, 2021

The 2021 Hands-On Perioperative Ultrasound Course workshop offers in-depth and focused learning in an intimate environment with a participant-faculty ratio of no more than 4:1. Participants will gain practical knowledge on how to perform safe ultrasound guided procedures. 

More Details on the Hands-On Workshop

2020 PoCUS Attendees: Click here to submit your evaluations and to access certificates and transcripts. The deadline to submit your evaluations is May 29, 2020. The deadline will not be extended.

Online Course

The knowledge-based online learning component focuses on gaining ultrasound knowledge and ultrasound guided procedures techniques. The modules, tutorial, and case studies will cover the following topics:

  1. Basic Transthoracic Echocardiography (TTE)
  2. Lungs
  3. Vessels
  4. Nerves
  5. Abdomen and Peri-arrest
  6. Basic Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

Students have the flexibility to study on their own schedule. Program materials can be accessed through the iTeachU app on smartphones and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Once the program materials have been downloaded, all interactive media content can be viewed even when offline (periodic internet access is required to login or verify login credentials). The course can also be accessed online using a web browser.

To complete the online portion of the course, the participant must read the subject tutorials, submit the related tutorial assessments and get a pass mark of 70%. Upon payment, the student will receive a “Getting Started” email with instructions on how to access the program materials. 

Target Audience

Academic and private practice anesthesiologists, residents, and fellows providing patient care in a teaching or community-based health care settings.

Statement of Need

  1. The use of clinical ultrasound to assist in clinical decision making in perioperative medicine, such as basic transthoracic echocardiography, lung ultrasound, basic abdominal ultrasound, and basic transesophageal echocardiography is a major advancement in perioperative health care and anesthesiology practice, but is currently not widely used or adopted in health care settings.
  2. The use of clinical ultrasound to help guide percutaneous procedures in perioperative practice, such as nerve blocks, vascular access, and pleural drain insertion is an established practice in anesthesiology, but not yet widely adopted.
  3. Acquiring knowledge is difficult to achieve while caring for patients in a busy practice setting.
  4. Knowledge is an essential component to increasing competency in clinical ultrasound.
  5. A structured learning program of theory, supplemented by extensive case review is needed to improve patient care.


This activity was designed to change learners' knowledge by providing them the strategies to adopt clinical ultrasound in their clinical practice and care of patients in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. 


Learn the cognitive skills needed to apply the knowledge gained through learning sono-anatomy, the uses of clinical ultrasound, and learn patterns of pathology that integrate the ultrasound diagnosis into clinical decision making. This includes case study review through the uses of case-based examples. 

CME Accreditation 

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and iTeachU. The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation 

The Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists designates this enduring material for a maximum of 85 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CME credit may ONLY be claimed for the successful completion of the following tutorials:

  • Basic Transthoracic Echocardiography (50 hours) 
  • Lungs (10 hours)
  • Vessels (5 hours)
  • Abdomen and Peri-Arrest (20 hours)

Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of SCA that the planners, faculty, and reviewers disclose the existence of any relevant financial relationships in any amount that they have or their spouse/partner has with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) or service(s) relating to the topics presented in the educational activity. SCA also requires disclosure of the intent to discuss unlabeled uses of a commercial product or investigational use of a product not yet approved for this purpose. It is the responsibility of the CME Committee to review relevant financial disclosures as submitted in the disclosure form and resolve relevant conflicts of interest. Resolving the conflict ensures that the content of the activity is aligned with the interests of the public. Disclosure information will be made available to attendees, who will be informed when a relevant financial relationship exists. The other planners, directors, moderators, faculty, and reviewers have no relevant financial interest to disclose.

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Release Date History

Version 1 Release Date: February 2017             Expiration Date: January 2020

Version 2 Release Date: February 2020             Expiration Date: January 2023

Perioperative Ultrasound Institutional Program - NEW!

There is a growing demand for cardiac anesthesiologists to have the knowledge and skills to perform and interpret perioperative ultrasound images. There has been interest from institutions to utilize the Perioperative Ultrasound Course as part of the training program for their interns, residents, and fellows. 

In an effort to help institutions meet this demand, SCA, in collaboration with iTeachU, is pleased to introduce the Perioperative Ultrasound Institutional Program.

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