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

August 28-29, 2020

ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T)

3300 Woodcreek Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515


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.

Directors and Faculty



Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD
Brittany J. Moore, MD


  • Katharine E. Alter, MD
  • Samuel K. Chu, MD
  • Elena J. Jelsing, MD
  • Heakyung Kim, MD
  • John M. Lesher, MD MPH
  • John R. McGuire, MD
  • Melita N. Moore, MD 
  • Jeffery M. Payne, MD
  • Lindsay N. Ramey, MD
  • John O. Watson, MD

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 28

7:15am – 8:00am                   Registration

8:00am – 8:10am                   Introduction to Ultrasound Procedures
                                                  Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD  

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

8:20am – 8:35am                   Anatomy for Head and Neck
                                                  Chemodenervation Procedures
                                                  Katharine E. Alter, MD  

8:35am – 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 
                                                   John M. Lesher, MD MPH   

11:45am – 12:00pm               Questions

12:00pm – 1:00pm                 Lunch

1:00pm – 1:15pm                   Common Elbow Injections
                                                   Lindsay N. Ramey, MD    

1:15pm – 1:30pm                   Common Wrist/Hand Injections 
                                                   Jeffery M. Payne, MD    

1:30pm – 1:45pm                   Common Hip Injections 
                                                   Melita N. Moore, MD    

1:45pm – 2:00pm                   Common Knee Injections 
                                                   Samuel K. Chu, MD 

2:00pm – 2:15pm                   Common Ankle Injections 
                                                   Elena J. Jelsing, 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 – 6:30pm                   Adjournment/Networking Reception

Saturday, August 29

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.

Hotel Information

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

Hotel and Conference Center
2111 Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 971-2000

Book before Thursday, August 6, 2020 to receive our discounted rate of $99 per night (plus tax). You can book by clicking the "Reserve a Room" link below. If calling to book your hotel stay, please reference “AAPM&R August Course.”

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.

Course Check-In

Course check-in will be August 28 from 7:15 am-8:00 am in the IT&T Center main lobby where course badges and materials will be available. 


Breakfast and lunch will be served on both days of the course.


Scrubs are REQUIRED attire for the cadaveric lab sessions at the course. Scrubs and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the cadaveric labs will be provided to you on-site to wear. PPE provided includes:

  • Head and shoe covers
  • Gloves
  • Gowns

Locker rooms will be available for attendees to change into scrubs and store personal items prior to entering the cadaveric lab.

Networking Reception

A networking reception with beverages and appetizers will be held for attendees on Friday, August 28 from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm at the IT&T Center. Relax and enjoy your time talking with faculty and your peers about the day.

Course Pricing

  • Member - $1,995
  • Non-Member - $2,350

Cancellation and Change Policy

AAPM&R recognizes that this is an uncertain time, and current and potential course attendees may be looking at their ability to attend and travel to courses in the next several months. We want you to feel that you can reserve your space in the course without risk if you are unable to travel at a later time. For that reason, AAPM&R will give a full refund*, without fees or penalties, to registrants unable to attend this course. 

When possible, cancellations with advanced notice prior to the course would be appreciated to aid the Academy in planning accordingly. Please submit cancellations in writing via email to by July 10, 2020.

*Please note: For participants in the full STEP Certificate Program, refunds may not be issued for live or online components already completed or in progress. STEP program participants with questions about refunds may contact



  • Spots are available for physicians only wanting to attend this course as a one-off, stand-alone course and not interested in participating in the complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program.
  • Registering for this course does not enroll you in the complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program, nor will you be able to enroll after attending the course. STEP Ultrasound is a structured program where all steps must be completed in order (Step 1 > Step 2 > Step 3) and the entry point must start with Step 1 - Fundamentals.
  • Click here if you are interested in participating in the complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program instead, starting with Step 1 - Fundamentals. 
  • AAPM&R is continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation, which may impact the availability of this live course. If guidelines and/or other circumstances should change, you will be notified as soon as possible.