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SEMPA Ultrasound Course

Jacksonville, FL

January 27-28, 2020

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  • Overview
    • Limited to 50 participants
    • 1:5 faculty to student ratio
    • Hands-on scanning of live models
    • Simulation technology incorporated
    • Earn CME towards your EM-CAQ
    • Lots of practice time
    • Enjoy the sun and fun of Florida
    • Faculty from emergency ultrasound fellowship programs
    • Learn the core applications to emergency ultrasound
    • Meals included

    The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Focused, goal-directed ultrasound will be performed to answer a specific clinical question, which could change the next step in patient care. The course will also include didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on skills labs to allow participants to use ultrasound machines on both live human and simulation models.

    To introduce the participant to the use of focused point of care ultrasound through didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on ultrasound scan sessions. The focus will be on emergency medicine applications, specifically the 10 core EM modalities as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols. that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput.

    Course Topics to Include:

    • Ultrasound Physics and Knobology
    • The Extended FAST Exam
    • Renal Ultrasound
    • Biliary Ultrasound
    • Aorta Ultrasound
    • Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound
    • Thoracic Ultrasound
    • Pelvic Ultrasound
    • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Ultrasound
    • Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Ultrasound
    • Ocular Ultrasound
    • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
      • Central venous catheters
      • Peripheral IVs
      • Lumbar puncture
      • Thoracentesis
      • Paracentesis
      • Arthrocentesis
      • Abscess drainage and foreign body removal
      • Nerve blocks

    Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards will be made available to all participants two weeks prior to the course.

    If the date and/or location of this Ultrasound Course doesn't work for you, check out our fall Ultrasound Course being held November 8-10, 2019, in Huntington Beach, CA.

  • Faculty

    The 2020 SEMPA Ultrasound will be directed by Petra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS, Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine.

    Additional faculty information to come.

  • Schedule

    Monday, January 27

    Time Topic
    Registration and Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:00 am
    Introduction and Course Overview 8:00 am - 8:10 am
    Becoming One with the Machine: Ultrasound physics and knobology 8:10 am - 8:55 am
    The FAST and the Furious: Ultrasound use in Trauma 8:55 am - 9:40 am
    Hands on skills lab: E-fast 9:40 am - 10:25 am
    BREAK with snacks and drinks 10:25 pm - 10:40 pm
    Unmasking Abdominal Pain: Renal, Gallbladder and Aorta Ultrasound 10:40 am - 11:25 am
    Hands on skills lab: Renal, GB, Aorta 11:25 am - 12:15 pm
    LUNCH and Ultrasound Image Review 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
    Scanning Under the Surface: Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
    Hands on skills lab: Soft Tissue and MSK 2:15 pm - 3:00 pm
    Break 3:00 pm - 3:15 pm
    Seeing is Believing: Ultrasound Guided Procedures 3:15 pm - 4:05 pm
    Hands on skills lab: ultrasound guided procedures
    • Vascular access
    • Thoracentesis/paracentesis
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Nerve blocks
    • Abscess drainage/foreign body removal
    4:05 pm - 5:20 pm
    Wrap up and QA 5:20 pm - 5:30 pm

    Tuesday, January 28

    Time Topic
    Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:00 am
    Orientation, Day 2 8:00 am - 8:10 am
    Heart to Heart: Cardiac and IVC ultrasound can save your patient! 8:10 am - 9:10 am
    Break 10:20 am - 10:35 am
    Demystifying Pelvic Ultrasound: incorporating ultrasound into your practice 10:35 am - 11:20 am
    Hands on skills lab: pelvic 11:20 am - 12:05 pm
    Lunch 12:05 pm - 1:20 pm
    I Didn’t know you could Ultrasound That!: Ocular, ENT and DVT, etc 1:20 pm - 2:05 pm
    Hands on skills lab: Ocular, ENT and DVT 2:05 pm - 2:50 pm
    Break 2:50 pm - 3:05 pm
    Critical Care Ultrasound: cases that will save a life! 3:05 pm - 3:50 pm
    Hands on skills lab: Critical Care 3:50 - 4:40 pm
    Wheel of Fortune: participant’s choice scan time 4:40 pm - 5:15 pm
    Wrap up and QA 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
    Course Adjournment 5:30 pm
  • Location

    The University of Florida Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research is located within a large facility spanning approximately 24,000 square feet and is divided into three areas in the Pavilion building on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. The Main Simulation and Conference/Instruction Area is a 7,000 square-foot area that was once a working hospital emergency department. The area is supported by an additional 800 square-foot conference and instructional area.


    Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront

    225 East Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, Florida, United States, 32202

    SEMPA has negotiated a discounted room rate of $159 per night at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel. To get this rate, you will need to book online.

    Book hotel online

  • Pricing

    SEMPA member: $975

    Non-member: $1,275

    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Fellow Membership (Fellows must be a certified EMPA): $1,135

    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Associate Membership (Associates would be NPs, MDs, EMTs, etc.): $1,155

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    Cancellations submitted in writing - via mail or email - and received on or before Thursday, December 26, 2019, will receive a refund of fees paid less a $50 cancellation fee. No telephone cancellations will be accepted.

    No refunds will be made for cancellation requests on or after Friday, December 27, 2019. However, if there is a wait list and we are able to fill your slot, we will refund you less the $50 cancellation fee.

    Cancellation requests can be sent to atorres@sempa.org or mailed to SEMPA at 4950 W. Royal Lane, Irving, TX 75063.

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 American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants. American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 17.25 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.