The Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Cardiac Certificate
Point-of-Care Ultrasound can be used by physicians, advanced practice providers (e.g., physician assistants, nurse practitioners) and medical professionals who use POCUS for clinical evaluation or therapeutic decision making. The Cardiac Clinical Certificate is appropriate for medical professionals whose scope of practice requires the evaluation of the heart to identify Effusions, Cardiomyopathy, and other common pathologies.
Why is using POCUS for the evaluation of the heart important for you?
- Portable, allowing for real-time imaging and on-the spot interpretation.
- Less expensive than other imaging modalities.
- Highly accurate in experienced hands.
- No use of ionizing radiation.
- Potentially improved patient experience and satisfaction
(1) Clinical Case Assessment
The Clinical Case-Based assessments were development using a standard template that has been customized for each content area. Clinical scenarios are presented to candidates in audio and/or video formats (with closed-captioning and written
scripts). Ultrasound media and assessment questions are presented at key points during the patient encounter. Questions are designed to assess the following domains (as appropriate for the selected clinical area):
(2) Peer Evaluation
When applying for Clinical Certificates, you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three clinicians with a clinical background in ultrasound who are familiar with your ability to obtain clinically-relevant content-specific Point-of-Care Ultrasound
images. The POCUS Certification Academy™ will contact some or all of these individuals to ask them to complete a short questionnaire regarding their impressions of your Point-of-Care Ultrasound abilities for the chosen clinical area. All evaluated domains weighs 16.7% respectively. Peer Evaluators may be asked about the following (as appropriate for the selected clinical area):