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.


"It is a course built for a physiatrist – not just a sports medicine doctor." - Monica Rho, MD, Director

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

1:20pm – 1:40pm                   Setup for Ultrasound Procedures 
                                                  Monica E. Rho, MD / Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD

1:40pm – 2:00pm                   Case-based Pitfalls of Ultrasound Procedures 
                                                   John O. Watson, MD

2:00pm – 2:45pm                   Dry Lab Stations:  Session 1

2:45pm – 3:30pm                   Dry Lab Stations: Session 2

3:30pm – 3:45pm                   Break

3:45pm – 4:30pm                   Dry Lab Stations:  Session 3

4:30pm – 4:45pm                   Spasticity Management Using US 
                                                  Heakyung Kim, MD

4:45pm – 5:00pm                   Common Shoulder Injections 
                                                  Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH

5:00pm – 5:15pm                   Questions

5:15pm – 7:00pm                   Adjourn/Networking Reception


Saturday, August 19

8:00am – 8:15am                   Common Elbow Injections
                                                   Jeffery M. Payne, MD

8:15am – 8:30am                   Common Wrist/Hand Injections 
                                                   John C. Cianca, MD

8:30am – 8:45am                   Common Hip Injections 
                                                   Joanna Borg Stein, MD

8:45am – 9:00am                   Common Knee Injections 
                                                 Maria E. Reese, MD

9:00am – 9:15am                   Common Ankle Injections 
                                                 Ethan B. Rand, MD

9:15am – 9:30am                   Break

9:30am – 10:30am                 Cadaver Stations:  Session 1

10:30am – 11:30am               Cadaver Stations:  Session 2

11:30am – 12:30pm               Cadaver Stations:  Session 3

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

1:30pm – 2:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 4

2:30pm – 3:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 5

3:30pm – 4:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 6

4:30pm – 5:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 7

5:30pm                                     Adjourn

Sunday, August 20

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

9:00am – 10:00am                 Cadaver Stations:  Session 9

10:00am – 10:15am               Break

10:15am – 11:15am               Cadaver Stations:  Session 10

11:15am – 12:15pm               Free Scanning/Debriefing with Q&A

12:15pm                                   Adjourn


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. 

Partial support of the education at the Next Step Interventional Ultrasound: Hands-on PM&R Applications course has been provided through in-kind support from Fujifilm Sonosite, Inc.; GE Healthcare; Konica Minolta in compliance with ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.

Who Should Attend:

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

Agenda Breakdown:

  • Up to 16.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsMOC approved! 
  • 13 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:

This course has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for a maximum of 16.25 Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credits. Attendees must actively participate and complete a self-evaluation at the conclusion of the course to earn MOC Part II credit.   

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.25 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


Katharine E. Alter, MD
Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH
John C. Cianca, MD
Heakyung Kim, MD
Jeffery M. Payne, MD
Ethan B. Rand, MD
Maria E. Reese, MD
Joanne Borg-Stein, MD
John O. Watson, MD


Early Bird RateAvailable before July 5

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

Standard RateAvailable after July 5

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

Please click the button to the left or call (312) 440-3758 before July 18 to receive our discounted rates below (taxes not included). Be sure to reference “American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation” when booking. 

  • $179.00/single occupancy
  • $189.00/double occupancy
For multiple occupancies or special room requests, please call the hotel directly at (312) 440-3758.

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)

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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.

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