Education Session AAPM&R


Next Step Interventional Ultrasound: Hands-on PM&R Applications

August 18-20, 2017

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

10th Floor Auditorium
355 E. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60611

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Take your ultrasound experience to the next level with this cadaver-based course, intended for the intermediate physiatric ultrasonographer. This course will highlight joint injections, soft tissue injections, and identification of muscles commonly targeted in EMG or spasticity management. Fresh frozen cadavers will be utilized for participants to practice procedure skills and pro-sected cadavers will be used to highlight details of anatomy. Hands-on procedure training will be accompanied by limited didactic lectures. Expert faculty will guide small groups in performing the most common ultrasound guided procedures for a physiatrist.


Learning Objectives:

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the value and limitations of ultrasound as a diagnostic and interventional tool.
  • Produce an optimal ultrasound image of specific structures in live patients and in a cadaver for preparation for an ultrasound guided injection by demonstrating a command of knowledge over transducer orientation and adjusting ultrasound picture for depth, focal zone, gain, time-gain compensation, frequency, and beam steering.
  • Accurately direct a needle towards targeted structures using MSK ultrasound.
  • Accurately palpate specified bony landmarks and soft tissue structures required for a comprehensive musculoskeletal physical exam using MSK ultrasound for feedback.
  • Accurately identify needle insertion points based on surface anatomy required for electrodiagnostic and spasticity management injections.



Friday, August 18

12:00pm – 1:00pm       Registration and boxed lunch pick-up

1:00pm – 1:20pm         Introduction to Ultrasound Procedures

1:20pm – 1:40pm         Setup for Ultrasound Procedures

1:40pm – 2:00pm         Case-based Pitfalls of Ultrasound Procedures

2:00pm – 3:00pm         Dry Lab Stations:  Session 1

3:00pm – 3:15pm         Break

3:15pm – 4:15pm         Dry Lab Stations:  Session 2

4:15pm – 5:15pm         Dry Lab Stations:  Session 3

5:15pm – 5:30pm         Wrap Up/Questions

5:30pm – 7:00pm         Adjourn/Networking Reception


Saturday, August 19

8:00am – 8:15am          Common Shoulder/Elbow Injections

8:15am – 8:30am          Common Wrist/Hand Injections

8:30am – 8:45am          Common Hip Injections

8:45am – 9:00am          Common Knee Injections

9:00am – 9:15am          Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound

9:15am – 9:30am          Break

9:30am – 11:00am        Cadaver Stations:  Session 1

11:00am – 12:30pm      Cadaver Stations:  Session 2

12:30pm – 1:30pm        Lunch/Course Sponsors Presentations

1:30pm – 3:00pm          Cadaver Stations:  Session 3

3:00pm – 4:30pm          Cadaver Stations:  Session 4

4:30pm – 5:45pm          Cadaver Stations:  Session 5

5:45pm                           Adjourn

Sunday, August 20

8:00am – 9:30am          Cadaver Stations:  Session 6

9:30am – 11:00am        Cadaver Stations:  Session 7

11:00am – 11:15am      Break

11:15am – 12:30pm      Cadaver Stations:  Session 8

12:30pm – 12:45pm      Debriefing with Q&A

12:45pm                         Adjourn


Who Should Attend:

Physicians who care for patients with neurologic or musculoskeletal diseases and have an intermediate knowledge of ultrasound.

Agenda Breakdown:

  • Up to 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 14.5 hours of hands-on, diagnostic scanning using live subjects and interventional procedures on cadaveric specimens
  • 8 dynamic lectures


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit:

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Directors and Faculty:

Course Directors

Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD
Monica E. Rho, MD




Early Bird RateAvailable before June 14

Member - $1,795
Non-Member - $2,150

Standard RateAvailable after June 14

Member - $1,995
Non-Member - $2,350 

Hotel Information:

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile
160 E. Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 706-0888

Reserve a Room - COMING SOON

Please call before July 18 to receive our discounted rates below (taxes not included), and reference “American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” when booking:

  • $179.00/single occupancy
  • $189/double occupancy

Course Check-In:

Course check-in will be August 18 from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the AbilityLab, 10th floor where course badges and materials will be available. 


Included with your hotel rate is a complimentary, hot breakfast! Please enjoy your breakfast before heading to the AbilityLab. For local attendees driving to/from the course, light breakfast items will be served at the course.

Lunch will be served on Friday, August 18 and Saturday, August 19. Light breakfast items will be served on Sunday, August 20.

A networking reception will be held for attendees on Friday, August 18 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm, location to be announced. Relax and enjoy your time talking with faculty about the day.

Air Travel:

As an option, air travel reservations may be made by calling TruTravel Solutions, the official travel partner for AAPM&R.

Phone: 844-878-8728 (x101 or x102)

Email: or

TruTravel Solutions hours are Monday – Friday. 8:30am - 5:00pm (Central Time). TruTravel Solutions charges a $25 per ticket transaction fee.

Cancellation and Change Policy:

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Attn: Customer Service
9700 Bryn Mawr Ave, Ste 200
Rosemont, IL 60018

Cancellations will not be accepted over the phone or via email. Refer to your course start date to confirm the cancellation level on the schedule below that you will follow.

Cancellation Levels

60 days prior to course start date (June 19, 2017):
Cancellation Fee = Forfeiture 50% of registration fee

30 days prior to course start date (July 19, 2017):
Forfeiture of 100% (full) registration fee

All refund requests will be processed within 7-14 days once proper notification is received.

Please contact with any questions.