Ultrasound Training for Physician Assistants

 
SonoSim assists PAs with ultrasound education to perform ultrasound-guided procedures, assist in surgeries, and meet training program and job-specific ultrasound proficiency requirements. Access:
 
  • 65+ peer-reviewed, online SonoSim Courses
  • Performance tracking
  • Scanning of real-patient cases in the SonoSimulator®
  • Ultrasound-guided procedure training
  • SonoSim LiveScan® for integrating ultrasound findings into medical decision-making
Though point-of-care ultrasound performed by trained practitioners has led to improved patient outcomes and experiences…
indicate that their clinical rotation ultrasound training is insufficient to prepare them for clinical practice1.

A Diverse Curriculum for All Levels

Novice to advanced learners can learn ultrasound online with the largest peer-reviewed content library of 65+ medical topics. With the ability to uniformly train and assess any number of learners, the SonoSim Ultrasound Training Solution provides standardized education that matches AIUM’s Practice Parameter for the Performance of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Examinations.

Abdominal Ultrasound Training

Highlights
 • Acute Cholecystitis     • Appendicitis   • Cholelithiasis  • Chronic Liver Disease   • Peritoneal Free Fluid Evaluation  • Splenomegaly

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module
Biliary Tree: Anatomy & Physiology Module Biliary Tree: Anatomy & Physiology Module
GI Tract: Anatomy & Physiology Module GI Tract: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Liver: Anatomy & Physiology Module Liver: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Pancreas: Anatomy & Physiology Module Pancreas: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Spleen: Anatomy & Physiology Module Spleen: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module
eFAST Protocol: Core Clinical Module eFAST Protocol: Core Clinical Module
FAST Protocol: Core Clinical Module FAST Protocol: Core Clinical Module
Intestinal/Biliary: Core Clinical Module Intestinal/Biliary: Core Clinical Module

Cardiac Ultrasound Training

Highlights
 • Cardiac Chamber Enlargement    • Cardiac Doppler Applications   • Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction (Mild-to-Severely Diminished Function)   • Pericardial Effusion     • Pulmonary Hypertension  • Right Atrial Pressure Assessment  • Right Heart Strain   • Valvular Dysfunction

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Heart: Anatomy & Physiology Module Heart: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Cardiology: Core Clinical Module Cardiology: Core Clinical Module
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module Focused Cardiac Ultrasound (FoCUS) – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module

Genitourinary & Small Parts Ultrasound Training

Highlights
• Bladder & Prostate Assessment    • Mild & Moderate Hydronephrosis   • Renal Stones & Cysts

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Adrenal Glands: Anatomy & Physiology Module Adrenal Glands: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Bladder: Anatomy & Physiology Module Bladder: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Prostate: Anatomy & Physiology Module Prostate: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Renal: Anatomy & Physiology Module Renal: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Scrotum: Anatomy & Physiology Module Scrotum: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Thyroid: Anatomy & Physiology Module Thyroid: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Bladder: Core Clinical Module Bladder: Core Clinical Module
Renal: Core Clinical Module Renal: Core Clinical Module
Ocular: Core Clinical Module Ocular: Core Clinical Module

MSK Ultrasound Training

Highlights
• Abscess v. Cellulitis   • Fractures   • Joint Effusions   • Tendinopathy

Introduction to MSK: Anatomy & Physiology Module Introduction to MSK: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Ankle: Anatomy & Physiology Module Ankle: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Elbow: Anatomy & Physiology Module Elbow: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Foot: Anatomy & Physiology Module Foot: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Hand & Finger: Anatomy & Physiology Module Hand & Finger: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Hip: Anatomy & Physiology Module Hip: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Knee: Anatomy & Physiology Module Knee: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Shoulder: Anatomy & Physiology Module Shoulder: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Soft Tissue: Anatomy & Physiology Module Soft Tissue: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Spine: Anatomy & Physiology Module Spine: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Wrist: Anatomy & Physiology Module Wrist: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Musculoskeletal: Core Clinical Module Musculoskeletal: Core Clinical Module
Soft Tissue: Core Clinical Module Soft Tissue: Core Clinical Module

OB/GYN Ultrasound Training

Highlights
 • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding    • Determine Fetal Presentation   • Gestational Age Measurements   • Placenta & Amniotic Fluid Evaluation    • Simple & Complex Adnexal Cysts    • Transvaginal Scanning    

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Female Pelvis: Anatomy & Physiology Module Female Pelvis: Anatomy & Physiology Module
OB/GYN: Core Clinical Module OB/GYN: Core Clinical Module
First-Trimester Pregnancy: Advanced Clinical Module First-Trimester Pregnancy: Advanced Clinical Module
Second- and Third-Trimester Pregnancy – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module Second- and Third-Trimester Pregnancy – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module
Second- and Third-Trimester Pregnancy – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module Second- and Third-Trimester Pregnancy – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Normal Uterus: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Normal Uterus: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Abnormal Uterus – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Abnormal Uterus – Part I: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Abnormal Uterus – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound of Nonpregnant Abnormal Uterus – Part II: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound Normal Adnexa: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound Normal Adnexa: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound Nonmalignant Adnexal Conditions: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound Nonmalignant Adnexal Conditions: Advanced Clinical Module
GYN Ultrasound Malignant Adnexal Conditions: Advanced Clinical Module GYN Ultrasound Malignant Adnexal Conditions: Advanced Clinical Module

Pulmonary Ultrasound Training

Highlights
• Alveolar-Interstitial Syndrome    • Lung Consolidation    • Pathologic B-Lines   • Pleural Effusion  • Pneumothorax    • Pneumonia  • Pulmonary Edema   • Pulmonary Embolism  • Thickened Plural Lining

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Lungs: Anatomy & Physiology Module Lungs: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Pulmonary: Core Clinical Module Pulmonary: Core Clinical Module

Vascular Ultrasound Training

Highlights
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm     • Deep Vein Thrombosis     • IVC & Volume Assessment

Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module Fundamentals of Ultrasound: Core Clinical Module
Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module
Arm-Arterial: Anatomy & Physiology Module Arm-Arterial: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Arm-Venous: Anatomy & Physiology Module Arm-Venous: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Cerebrovascular: Anatomy & Physiology Module Cerebrovascular: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Leg-Arterial: Anatomy & Physiology Module Leg-Arterial: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Leg-Venous: Anatomy & Physiology Module Leg-Venous: Anatomy & Physiology Module
Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module Aorta/IVC: Core Clinical Module
DVT – Lower Extremity: Core Clinical Module DVT – Lower Extremity: Core Clinical Module
Rapid Ultrasound in Shock: Core Clinical Module Rapid Ultrasound in Shock: Core Clinical Module

Ultrasound-Guided Procedure Training

Highlights

• U/S-Guided Vascular Access   • U/S-Guided Centesis Procedures   • U/S-Guided Joint & MSK Injections (In Development)

Introduction to Ultrasound-Guided Procedures: Procedure Module Introduction to Ultrasound-Guided Procedures: Procedure Module
Peripheral Venous Access: Procedure Module Peripheral Venous Access: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Femoral Line Placement: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Femoral Line Placement: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Internal Jugular Vein Cannulation: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Subclavian Vein Cannulation: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Subclavian Vein Cannulation: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Paracentesis: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Paracentesis: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Pericardiocentesis: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Pericardiocentesis: Procedure Module
Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module Ultrasound-Guided Thoracentesis: Procedure Module

Testimonials

We enjoy SonoSim’s in-depth curriculum provided to our students, as well as SonoSim’s constant innovation of topics and support. The curriculum allows us to tailor student ultrasound education to the current classroom topics and clinical rotations. Classroom topics are enhanced by exposure to both Anatomy/Physiology and Core modules, while Core and Advanced modules reinforce clinical rotations. We require SonoSim module completion prior to attendance in our weekly scan lab. This “pre-reading” provides a foundation for the weekly scanning that reduces time in discussion and increases student hands-on practice. SonoSim’s innovation has introduced timely and relevant topics that are needed for primary care provider point of care ultrasound such as the recently released DVT module and the downloadable app. The support we received from SonoSim continues to excel from initial student deployment to timely resolution of student encountered issues.

W. Joseph Bowman, DSc, PA-C, EMPA
Assistant Professor
The University of Lynchburg School of PA Medicine

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1 Barnett M, Pillow MT, Carnell J, et al.  Informing the Revolution: A Needs Assessment of Ultrasound Knowledge and Skills Among Graduating Physician Assistant Students. < J Physician Assist Educ. 2018 Sep;29(3):173-176.