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SEMPA Ultrasound Course

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  • Overview

    Do you want to learn how to use ultrasound to help your patients? Then come to the 2017 SEMPA Ultrasound Course in Jacksonville, Florida! But hurry! Space for this course is already 90% full.   

    The 2017 SEMPA Ultrasound Course will be held January 19-20 at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research in sunny Jacksonville, Florida. 

    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. 

    The 2017 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.

    The course objectives and topics covered are:



    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 (ACEP) 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput.


    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

    Lectures will be recorded to allow participants to review material covered during lecture and will be available online for a period of time after the course. Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards and lecture videos will also be made available to all participants online.

    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.


  • Course Schedule

    Day 1

    Time Topic
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.   Registration and breakfast    
    8:00 – 8:10 a.m.   Introduction & Course Overview
    8:10 – 8:55 a.m.   Becoming One with the Machine: Ultrasound physics and knobology
    8:55 – 9:40 a.m.   The FAST and the Furious: Ultrasound use in Trauma
    9:40 – 10:25 a.m.   Hands on skills lab: E-FAST
    10:25 - 10:40 a.m. Break
    10:40 – 11:25 a.m.   Unmasking Abdominal Pain: Renal, Gallbladder and Aorta Ultrasound
    11:25 – 12:15 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: Renal, GB, Aorta
    12:15 – 1:30 p.m.   LUNCH and Ultrasound Image Review  
    1:30 – 2:15 p.m.   Scanning Under the Surface: Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
     2:15 – 3:00 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: Soft Tissue and MSK
    3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Break
    3:15 – 4:00 p.m.   I Didn’t know you could Ultrasound That!: Ocular, ENT and DVT
     4:00 – 4:45 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: Ocular, ENT and DVT
    4:45 – 5:20 p.m.   Wheel of Fortune: Participant’s choice scan time
    5:20 – 5:30 p.m.   Wrap Up and Q&A

    Day 2

    Time Topic
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast     
    8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Orientation, Day 2
    8:10 – 9:10 a.m. Heart to Heart: Cardiac and IVC ultrasound can save your patient!
    9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Hands on skills lab: Cardiac and IVC
    10:20 - 10:35 a.m. Break
    10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Demystifying Pelvic Ultrasound: incorporating ultrasound into your practice
    11:20 – 12:05 p.m. Hands on skills lab: pelvic
    12:05 – 1:20 p.m. LUNCH and Ultrasound Tips and Tricks  
    1:20 – 2:10 p.m. Seeing is Believing: Ultrasound Guided Procedures
    2:10 – 3:25 p.m.

    Hands on skills lab: ultrasound guided procedures  

    • Vascular access
    • Thoracentesis/paracentesis
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Nerve blocks
    • Abscess drainage/foreign body removal
    3:25 - 3:40 p.m. Break
    3:40 – 4:25 p.m. Critical Care Ultrasound: cases that will save a life!
    4:25 – 5:15 p.m. Hands on skills lab: Critical Care
    5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Wrap up and Q&A
    5:30 p.m. Course Adjournment
  • Faculty

    Petra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS
    Director of Emergency Ultrasound
    Associate Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville

    After completion of medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center- New Orleans and an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida- Jacksonville. Dr. Duran-Gehring worked in community practice in Northern California, witnessing the impact of point-of-care ultrasound first hand. She then returned to her alma mater as faculty to spread the gospel of point-of-care ultrasound. She achieved certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and has created the ultrasound program for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has lectured nationally and has a passion for medical education, as evidenced by numerous teaching awards. When not teaching ultrasound, she loves spending time with her husband and three little boys.

    Andrew Shannon, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville. 

    Fellowship-trained in Emergency Ultrasound w/ interest in graduate medical education, international emergency medicine and public health, and wilderness and austere medicine.  Dr. Shannon has lectured and facilitated workshops on emergency medicine ultrasound and procedures both nationally and internationally, and has twice attended Comic-Con San Diego.  He tweets sporadically at @AShannonMD.

    Andrew Schmidt, DO, MPH
    Deputy Medical Director, Trauma One
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville

    Dr Schmidt is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with a specific focus in pre-hospital medicine. Additionally, he serves as Deputy Medical Director for the Trauma One Flight service.  His primary area of interest in teaching and research is drowning resuscitation.

  • Registration Fees

    SEMPA member: $975
    Non-member: $1,275
    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Fellow Membership:
    (Fellows must be a certified EMPA)  
    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Associate Membership:
    (Associates would be NPs, MDs. EMTs, etc.)  


    Cancellations submitted in writing - via mail or e-mail at sempa@sempa.org - and received on or before Monday, December 19, 2017, 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 Tuesday, December 20, 2017. No exceptions will be made.

  • Hotel

    Click here to book your room 

    Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
    225 East Coastline Drive
    Jacksonville, Florida, USA, 32202

    Jacksonville International Airport is 15 miles (20 minutes) away

    $159 per night

    Make your room reservations here (link to come)

    The Hyatt has a shuttle that guests can use to be taken to University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research, which is a 10-minute car ride away. Guests will need to make arrangements directly with the hotel to use the shuttle.


    Explore the city’s charm and relaxing river vistas from the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. With shopping, dining, festivals, museums, sporting events, concerts and more.


     Room Amenities:

    • Hyatt Grand Bed®  
    • Wired and wireless high-speed Internet access
    • Television with remote control, cable movie channels and in-room pay movies
    • Video account review and checkout
    • Two telephones with voicemail and speakerphone
    • Individual climate control
    • Electronic door lock
    • Full bathroom amenities and hair dryer
    • Coffeemaker with complimentary coffee
    • Iron and ironing board
    • iHome® alarm clock radio

    Hotel Services and Facilities

    • Pool—Outdoor, rooftop heated pool / hot tub; pool bar open seasonally
    • 24-hour Hyatt StayFit—State-of-the-art fitness center featuring cardio machines, free weights, weight machines and sauna
    • Hyatt Express Check-In Kiosks®  
    • Hyatt Fast Board™
    • 1-800-CHECK-IN®  
    • Hyatt Web Check-In
    • Complimentary Internet in lobby
    • In-room dining
    • Concierge 

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 life activity for a maximum of 15.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. 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 15.75 hours(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.