Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities

June 5-6, 2020

ASGE Institute for Training and Technology (IT&T)

3300 Woodcreek Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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 expertise. This course is designed for physiatrists to get started with applying ultrasound to patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic diagnoses for diagnostic and interventional applications. Interactive hands-on experiences allows the clinician to begin to develop the understanding and manual skills needed to begin to improve their practice with clinical ultrasound. More than 8 hours of hands-on time will allow physiatrists to truly experience ultrasound first hand.

This course is the required first component of AAPM&R's STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program

Directors and Faculty


Samuel K. Chu, MD
Ethan B. Rand, MD

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.

Who Should Attend

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

Live Course Agenda


Friday, June 5

Registration and Breakfast

7:00am - 8:00am

Introduction, Overview, and Acknowledgements
Ethan B. Rand, MD, FAAPMR; Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR

8:00am - 8:10am   
Tissues and Needles 

8:10am - 8:25am 

Technical, Needle Tracking, and Manual Skills Lab
All Faculty

8:25am - 9:10am 

Shoulder Region Anatomy 

9:10am - 9:30am         
Shoulder Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

9:30am - 9:50am


9:50am - 10:00am
Shoulder Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation) 
All Faculty
10:00am - 12:00pm

Lunch Break

12:05pm - 1:00 pm

Elbow and Forearm Regional Anatomy

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Wrist and Hand Regional Anatomy

1:20pm - 1:40pm
Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, Hand Scanning Lab

1:40pm - 3:40pm


3:40pm - 3:50pm

Wrist, Hand Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

3:50pm - 4:10pm

Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound


4:10pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm - 4:40 pm

Open Scanning Lab: Practice & Review
All Faculty
4:40pm - 5:00pm

Saturday, June 6

Introduction and Overview
Ethan B. Rand, MD, FAAPMR; Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR

8am - 8:10am   

Hip Region Anatomy

8:10am - 8:35am 

Hip Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound 

8:35am - 8:55am 
Break 8:55am - 9:00am         

Hip Scanning Lab 


9:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:10 am

Knee Regional Anatomy 

11:10am - 11:30am
Ankle & Foot Regional Anatomy
11:30am - 11:50am
11:50am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Knee, Ankle, and Foot Scanning Lab
All Faculty

1:00pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 3:10pm

Knee Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound 

3:10pm - 3:30pm

Ankle & Foot Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

3:30pm - 3:50pm

Clinical Correlates in Spasticity; How US Changes your Clinical Care

3:50pm - 4:20pm 
4:20pm - 4:30pm 
Open Scan--Review and Summary
All Faculty 
4:30pm - 5:00pm 


Partial support of the education for Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities, has been provided through educational grants from Allergan, in compliance with ACCME Guidelines. 

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.

Online Lecture Topics Include:



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  


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 17.75 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 17.75 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.

Course Pricing

Early Bird RateAvailable before April 24

Member - $1,250
Non-Member - $1,395

Standard Rate–Available after April 24

Member - $1,350
Non-Member - $1,495


Option 1

If you plan to attend this course as the first step of the AAPM&R STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program, you must register for the complete certificate program.  Registering and paying only for the course does not automatically  enroll you in the STEP certificate program.

Click below to register as a complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program participant on, which includes the early bird rate for this course. 


If you are not interested in participating in the complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program and plan to only attend this course as a one-off, stand alone course, click the register button below.  Early bird and standard rates apply based on the date you register.  

Hotel Information

Double Tree Suites by Hilton & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515

AAPM&R has secured a rate of $99 per night (plus tax) if booked before Thursday, May 14, 2020.

You can book by clicking the link below or calling the hotel phone number above. If calling to book your hotel stay, please reference the “AAPM&R Course”.


Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and do not need to dress to be scanned as volunteer models will be available for the scanning labs.


Light continental breakfast items and lunch will be served on both days of the course. 

A networking reception will be held for attendees on Friday after the course adjourns for the day. Relax and enjoy your time talking with your peers and 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 for the Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities Course must be submitted in writing via email to or via mail postmarked by April 15, 2020 to the address below. Cancellations received after April 15 or over the phone will not be accepted.

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

There is a $150 processing fee for all cancellations. All refund requests will be processed 7-14 days after notification is received.