Annual Assembly



The following company is exhibiting at this course:


Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities


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If you'd like to attend this course at a later date - we will be offering it in May in Chicago. Stay tuned for more details! 

Tuesday, October 23-Wednesday, October 24
8 am-5 pm

Convention Center, Room W312AC, Level III

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

Faculty: Katharine E. Alter, MD, FAAPMR; Ashwin Babu, MD; Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR; John C. Cianca, MD, FAAPMR; Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD, FAAPMR; Heakyung Kim, MD, FAAPMR; Melinda S. Loveless, MD, FAAPMR; Mooyeon Oh-Park, MD, FAAPMR; Jeffrey A. Strakowski , MD, FAAPMR; and Chi-Tsai Tang, MD, FAAPMR

Apply clinical ultrasound in your practice with a course designed for every physiatrist. This course will help you get started with applying ultrasound to patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic diagnoses for diagnostic and interventional applications. More than 8 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 30 days 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:

  • Apply the various components of an ultrasound machine 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 30 days 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  


Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities

Early-Bird (May 15-September 5)
 Regular (September 6- Onsite)
 Member Pricing $1,150   $1,250 
 Nonmember Pricing $1,295  $1,395 

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 2018 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.

Exhibitors: Arthex, Konica Minolta, and Natus 

Want More Ultrasound Education?

This course is the required first component of AAPM&R's STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program. Learn more about this new, standardized ultrasound training program. 

PLEASE NOTE: Registering for or attending this course does not automatically enroll you in the STEP Certificate Program unless you registered for the full STEP program on the ME website.