August 10, 2023

Family Medicine and Primary Care Physicians and Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

Written by: Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

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Family Medicine Primary Care and Primary Care Physicians have much to gain from integrating point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) into their clinical practice. The applications are growing as the use of ultrasound has increased in the emergency and critical care environment. Ultrasound is now being utilized to manage chronic diseases like heart failure, hypertension, AAA and others. It allows the patients who need weekly paracentesis or thoracentesis procedures the availability to go to an outpatient clinic versus utilizing the emergency room and adding to the overwhelming patient crowd. POCUS is essentially an extension of the physical exam already being performed. It is a focused exam, performed at the bedside and directed to asking a specific question that can be used to diagnose or treat the patient or perform a procedure. It improves patient care, outcomes and satisfaction while decreasing cost and time involved.

In order to effectively use POCUS, education and training are necessary. Although the didactic information is crucial to the overall success of utilizing ultrasound, the real expertise can only be gained through practice with scanning. Hands-on experience with the transducer on a variety of patients is the only way to improve the skill level of the physician and thereby increase their competence and confidence.

Gulfcoast Ultrasound provides the education and training necessary to become proficient in point of care ultrasound. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) courses, products, and Certification Reviews are all available to Family Medicine and Primary Care Physicians. 

Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute (GCUS) is the most flexible and proven educator of ACCME Accredited Ultrasound CME in the industry. Whether you have never picked up an ultrasound transducer and are looking to integrate ultrasound into your day to day practice, or experienced with using ultrasound, but are looking to enhance your skills with more advanced Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) training, want to pass your POCUS Certification Academy exam, or just looking for an accredited Ultrasound CME activity to obtain your required CME Credit, Gulfcoast Ultrasound has CME activities that fit your needs. 

Since 1985, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute (GCUS) has been educating medical professionals across all ultrasound practice specialties and experience levels. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is recognized as a worldwide leader in Point-of Care Ultrasound CME, featuring the largest variety of POCUS CME offerings in the world. Taught by the leading Point of Care Ultrasound experts, you will literally be learning from the individuals who have written the textbooks and practice guidelines. With so many different POCUS CME activities and formats offered by Gulfcoast Ultrasound, we have outlined the key features of each of them below to aid in making the best education choice for your career and learning style. 

Live Courses

Traditional live lectures with 3:1 hands on scanning with live models training format program.

Scan live models and hands on scan ratios will never exceed our industry leading 3:1 participant to instructor ratio.

Lifetime access to digital course syllabus with course presentations.

Blended Courses

Complete the comprehensive Online Course for the didactic portion and attend a regularly scheduled hands-on scan only workshop.

Receive 15 months unlimited access to the online course.

Scan live models. Hands-on training will never exceed our industry leading 3:1 participant to instructor ratio.

Online Courses

Comprehensive, structured courses that provide 12 months unlimited access to content.

Add on an additional 3 months of access if you choose to add on a scheduled hands-on workshop, private hands-on session or custom onsite. 

Training Videos

Offered in DVD or Online Video Format.

Lifetime, Unlimited access included.

Optional CME credit available for all Training Videos.

We invite you to join us for an upcoming POCUS course. Visit our website or call us at 727-363-4500 for more information.


About the Author

Trisha Reo AAS, RDMS, RVT

Trisha is the Program Coordinator at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.

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