Annual Assembly 2018

Annual Assembly

Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities

October 10-11
8 am-5 pm

Course Directors: Monica Rho, MD, FAAPMR and Christopher J. Visco, MD, FAAPMR

Faculty: Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR; Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD, FAAPMR; John C. Cianca, MD, FAAPMR; Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, FAAPMR; Melinda S. Loveless, MD, FAAPMR; Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD, FAAPMR; Ethan B. Colliver, DO, FAAPMR; Heakyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR; Atul T. Patel, MD, MHSA, FAAPMR; and Ashwin N. Babu, MD

Apply clinical ultrasound in your practice with a course designed for every physiatrist. Try ultrasound for the first time to see how it will best fit your area of specialty expertise. This course is designed for physiatrists who want to start applying ultrasound to patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic diagnoses for diagnostic and interventional applications. More interactive hands-on experiences than ever allows the clinician to begin to develop the understanding and manual skills needed to begin to improve their practice with clinical ultrasound. More than 9 hours of hands-on time will allow physiatrists to truly experience ultrasound first hand.

Online video modules available before the live course! Registrants will be able to view the online lectures prior to the live course to maximize the time for hands-on training. It is strongly recommended that attendees view these online lectures before attending this course. Scroll down to preview some of the online lectures.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Use an ultrasound machine, applying the various components to acquire an image, properly annotate, and document.
  • Describe their understanding of surface structures and the relationship between regional anatomy, using ultrasound.
  • Identify and differentiate structures typically examined in the neurologic and musculoskeletal system.
  • Describe the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of using ultrasound imaging in musculoskeletal and/or neurologic clinical applications, including spasticity and pain.
  • Modify the practice application of ultrasound to reflect current accepted uses and utilize a methodical approach when examining body regions.
  • Alter practice efficiency with regard to the clinical application of ultrasound.
  • Demonstrate improved visual-spatial and manual skill as it relates to needle tracking with ultrasound guidance.

A Word From Our Course Directors 

Monica Rho_2

"The precourse is a great start to learning about musculoskeletal and neurologic ultrasound to enhance your skills as a physiatrist. Ultrasound for physiatrists is not just for the musculoskeletal physician anymore, it can be used in many different areas of PM&R. This course will introduce you to the possibilities." — Dr. Rho

Viscoe, Chris, MD"This interactive course is designed for the "every day" physiatrist. Try on ultrasound for the first time to find out how it will best fit your clinical practice in any area including neurologic, musculoskeletal or pediatric applications. Get hands-on with outstanding faculty spanning a broad array of sub-specialty training ready to help you get started or to brush up on your current ultrasound diagnostic and interventional skills." — Dr. Visco

Online Lecture Topics Include:11875A-105


Online Preview Video Modules

Online lectures will be available a month prior to the live course and registrants will be notified via email with instructions on how to access them. It is strongly recommended that registrants view the online lectures before arriving at the live course. Take a look at the videos below for a preview of some of the online lectures.  

Needle Tracking and Ultrasound-Guided Injection Technique 
Ethan B. Colliver, DO

Ultrasound Pediatric Applications in the Upper Limb
Heakyung Kim, MD

Shoulder: Normal Anatomy and Ultrasound Protocol
Luis Baerga-Varela, MD  

Who Should Attend?

Physicians who care for patients with neurologic or musculoskeletal diseases with a novice, beginner or intermediate understanding of ultrasound.


The American Academy of Physical Medicine & 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 & Rehabilitation designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Academy Tested, Board Approved!

The 2017 Annual Assembly Preconference Courses have been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credit.  Attendees must complete a post-test to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, which will be commensurate with the number of CME available for each precourse.

Faculty and topics subject to change.

Support of the education has been provided through an educational grant from Allergan, Inc. AAPM&R accepts grants in compliance with ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.