Teleguided Hands-on Training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Arthritic Conditions: Ankle, Knee and Elbow

The Teleguided Hands-on Training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Arthritic Conditions: Ankle, Knee and Elbow program offers live, virtual teleguided training from expert faculty, focusing on  musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for evaluation of arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal abnormalities and syndromes. This program is a 3 hour live, virtual course developed to provide hands-on training in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for evaluation of arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal abnormalities and syndromes. The main objective of the course is to enable physicians and other care providers to use MSKUS as a point-of care-imaging tool to assist with the diagnosis and treatment of joint pains.

During this activity participants/attendees will connect individually with faculty instructors using tele-guidance platforms. The faculty instructor will be able to observe and correct imaging techniques and ultrasound images by the participant/attendee in real time. This teleguided hands-on course is the only course of its kind offered to date featuring ultrasound tele learning.

It is recommended that individuals seeking to enroll in this course complete the Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training for Arthritic Conditions: Ankle, Knee and Elbow – Basics and Techniques prior to registering. Participants with sufficient prior education and experience may apply to bypass this foundational course by attesting to skills and training.

Target Audience

These educational activities are designed for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and physical therapists involved and/or interested in the use of musculoskeletal ultrasound in arthritic conditions. Other healthcare professionals may benefit from these courses as well.

Educational Objectives

Following completion of this educational activity, learners should be able to:

  • Demonstrate standard MSKUS transducer positions for ankles, knees, elbows
  • Demonstrate image acquisition to delineate the most important intra-articular structures in the ankle, knee and elbow
  • Interpret sono-anatomy of ankles, knees, elbows

Statement of Need

Arthritic conditions are frequent, and benefit from symptomatic relief measures as a bridge to joint replacement. The clinical exam to diagnose and treat arthritic conditions, joint problems and musculoskeletal abnormalities, including hemarthrosis is unreliable, since range of motion deficits, warmth, swelling and pain are non-specific and don't permit the distinction between conditions. Therefore, point-of-care imaging is rapidly advancing and has become critical to practice state-of-the-art musculoskeletal medicine. High resolution Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) with Power Doppler capacity is an imaging technique, increasingly available due to technological advances, that permits point-of-care hand-held ultrasound scanning. Therefore, MSKUS is now introduced into many musculoskeletal disciplines, including orthopedics, rheumatology, sports medicine, primary care, and hemophilia treatment centers. MSKUS permits ultrasound-guided interventions on multiple levels. MSKUS is a rapid, convenient, highly sensitive and a non-invasive imaging method for the diagnosis of cartilage abnormalities, joint effusions, joint bleeds, muscle tears, tendon tears and inflammation, soft tissue masses, and peripheral nerve conditions. It is also a valuable tool to follow joint health long-term by individual assessment of synovial hypertrophy, inflammation and cartilage health. However, training to diagnose and manage arthritic conditions, including hemophilic arthropathy is required. 


Accreditation

The University of California San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA: The University of California San Diego School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 7.5AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Please see individual courses for specific credit amounts.

Nurses: For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. For the purpose of relicensure, the California Board of Registered Nursing accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Please see individual courses for specific credit amounts.

Please Note: Each training session is approved for up to 1.5  AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Attendees that engage with additional opportunities for teleguided training may earn credit commensurate with their participation and as outlined by the maximum amount listed above.



Course Director

Annette von Drygalski, MD, PharmD, RMSK

Annette von Drygalski, MD, PharmD, RMSK

Professor of Clinical Medicine, UC San Diego Health
Director, Hemophilia & Thrombosis Treatment Center
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Faculty

Peter Aguero, PT, DPT

Peter Aguero, PT, DPT
UC San Diego Health Hemophilia & Thrombosis Treatment Center
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Cindy Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC, EMT

Cindy Bailey, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ATC
Orthopaedic Institute for Children & Ortho HTC Physical Therapy (in alliance with UCLA Health)
UCLA
Los Angeles, California

Eric Y. Chang, MD

Eric Y. Chang, MD
Clinical Professor of Radiology
Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System
University of California, San Diego
San Diego, California

Samantha Leimkuhler, RDMS, RMSKS, RVT

Samantha Leimkuhler, RDMS, RMSKS, RVT
Multi-specialty Sonographer & Trainer
Sono Solutions Ultrasound Training
Fort Mill, South Carolina

Randy Moore, DC, RDMS, RMSK 

Randy Moore, DC, RDMS, RMSK
General Musculoskeletal Imaging, Inc.
MSK Masters
Cincinnati, Ohio

Chang

Bruno U.K. Steiner, PT, DPT, RMSK, LMT
Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders
Seattle, Washington

Lena Volland, PT, DPT, OCS

Lena Volland, PT, DPT, OCS
University of St. Augustine
National Hemophilia Foundation
San Diego, California


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