Education Session AAPM&R


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

August 24-25, 2018

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. A combination of didactic lectures coupled with hands-on guided procedures using cadaveric specimens and dry lab stations will be used to advance your skill set. 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.

Who Should Attend:

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

Prerequisite Note: It is strongly recommended that attendees already have fundamentals of ultrasound education from an AAPM&R introductory ultrasound course or from another organization/institution.



Friday, August 24

7:30am – 8:00am                   Registration

8:00am – 8:10am                   Introduction to Ultrasound Procedures
                                                  Monica E. Rho, MD

8:10am – 8:20am                   Ultrasound Setup
                                                  Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD

8:20am – 8:30am                   Anatomy for Head and Neck
                                                  Chemodenervation Procedures
                                                  Katharine E. Alter, MD

8:30am – 8:45am                   Case-based Pitfalls of Ultrasound Procedures 
                                                  John O. Watson, MD

8:45am – 9:30am                   Dry Lab Stations:  Session 1

9:30am – 10:15am                 Dry Lab Stations: Session 2

10:15am – 10:30am               Break

10:30am – 11:15am               Dry Lab Stations:  Session 3

11:15am – 11:30am               Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound 
                                                  Heakyung Kim, MD

11:30am – 11:45am               Common Shoulder Injections 
                                                  Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH

11:45am – 12:00pm               Questions

12:00pm – 1:00pm                 Lunch

1:00pm – 1:15pm                   Common Elbow Injections
                                                    Jeffery M. Payne, MD

1:15pm – 1:30pm                   Common Wrist/Hand Injections 
                                                   John C. Cianca, MD

1:30pm – 1:45pm                   Common Hip Injections 
                                                   Chi-Tsai Tang, MD

1:45pm – 2:00pm                   Common Knee Injections 
                                                   Maria E. Reese, MD

2:00pm – 2:15pm                   Common Ankle Injections 
                                                   Ethan B. Rand, MD

2:15pm – 2:30pm                   Break

2:30pm – 3:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 1

3:30pm – 4:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 2

4:30pm – 5:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 3

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

Saturday, August 25

8:00am – 9:00am                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 4

9:00am – 10:00am                 Cadaver Stations:  Session 5

10:00am – 10:15am               Break

10:15am - 11:15am                Cadaver Stations:  Session 6

11:15am – 12:15pm               Cadaver Stations:  Session 7

12:15pm - 1:15pm                  Lunch

1:15pm – 2:15pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 8

2:15pm – 3:15pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 9

3:15pm – 3:30pm                   Break

3:30pm – 4:30pm                   Cadaver Stations:  Session 10

4:30pm – 5:00pm                   Free Scanning/Debriefing with Q&A

Agenda Breakdown:

  • Up to 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsMOC approved! 
  • 12.25 hours of hands-on, diagnostic scanning using live subjects and interventional procedures on cadaveric specimens
  • 11 short, 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 15.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This course has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for a maximum of 15.50 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.

Directors and Faculty:

Course Directors

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

Directors and Faculty are subject to change.


Katharine E. Alter, MD
Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH
John C. Cianca, MD
Samuel K. Chu, MD
Heakyung Kim, MD
Jeffery M. Payne, MD
Ethan B. Rand, MD
Maria E. Reese, MD
Chi-Tsai Tang, MD
John O. Watson, MD


Early Bird RateAvailable before July 13

Member - $1,895
Non-Member - $2,250

Standard RateAvailable after July 13

Member - $2,095
Non-Member - $2,450 

Please note: Registering for this course does not enroll you in the STEP Certificate Program. To learn more about how to participate in the program, visit

This course is sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list in the event that we receive cancellations, please email or call our Customer Service Team at 847-737-6000.

Hotel Information:

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

Please book before July 31 to receive our discounted rate below (taxes not included). Be sure to reference “AAPM&R Next Step Ultrasound Course” when calling. 

  • $179.00/night for single/double occupancy
  • Complimentary wi-fi in guest rooms

Course Check-In:

Course check-in will be August 24 from 7:30 am-8:00 am at the AbilityLab, 10th floor where course badges and course materials will be available. 


Included with your Hampton Inn 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 both days of the course. 

A networking reception will be held for attendees on Friday, August 24 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm on the 10th floor of the AbilityLab. 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 via email to or via mail postmarked by the cancellation level deadlines listed below. Cancellations will not be accepted over the phone. Mail cancellations to:

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

Cancellation Levels

60 days prior to course start date (June 25, 2018):
Cancellation Fee = Forfeiture 50% of registration fee

30 days prior to course start date (July 25, 2018):
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.

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