SOLD OUT | Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities

May 17-18, 2019

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. More interactive hands-on experiences than ever 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.

Directors and Faculty


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


Katharine E. Alter, MD
Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH
John C. Cianca, MD
Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD
Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD
Heakyung Kim, MD
Dallas J. Kingsbury, MD 
Nathan P. Olafsen, MD
Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD
Chi-Tsai Tang, MD
Christopher J. Visco, 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, May 17

Registration and Breakfast

7am - 8am

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

8am - 8:15am   
Tissues and Needles 
Nathan P. Olafsen, MD

8:15am - 8:30am 
Technical, Needle Tracking, and Manual Skills Lab
All Faculty

8:30am - 9:30am 

9:30am - 9:45am         
Shoulder Region Anatomy 
Chi-Tsai Tang, MD

9:45am - 10am
Shoulder Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation) 
All Faculty

10am - 12pm
Shoulder Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
John C. Cianca, MD

12pm - 12:20pm
12:20pm - 12:30pm

Lunch Break
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Forearm, Wrist and Hand Regional Anatomy
Christopher J. Visco, MD

1:30pm - 1:45pm
Forearm, Wrist, Hand Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation Block) 
All Faculty

1:45pm - 3:45pm

3:45pm - 4pm
Forearm, Wrist, Hand Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
Christopher J. Visco, MD

4pm - 4:2 pm
Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound
Heakyung Kim, MD

4:20pm - 4:40pm
Open Scanning Lab: Practice & Review
All Faculty
4:40pm - 5pm

Networking Reception                                                                                                  5pm - 6pm

Saturday, May 18

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

8am - 8:15am   
Hip Region Anatomy
Kristopher R. Karvelas, MD

8:15am - 8:40am 
Hip Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation)
All Faculty

8:40am - 10:40am 

10:40am - 10:55am         
Hip "the Long View" with Selected Pathology on Ultrasound 
John C. Cianca, MD

10:55am - 11:25am
Knee Regional Anatomy 
Daniel H. Blatz, MD, MPH

11:25am - 11:45am
Ankle & Foot Regional Anatomy
Alfred C. Gellhorn, MD
11:450am - 12:05pm

12:05pm - 12:10pm

Lunch Break

12:10pm - 1:10pm

Knee, Ankle, and Foot Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation Block)
All Faculty

1:10pm - 3:10pm

3:10pm - 3:25pm
Knee Clinical Applications and Selected Pathology with Ultrasound 
Jeffrey A. Strakowski, MD

3:25pm - 3:45pm
Ankle & Foot Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
Dallas J. Kingsbury, MD 

3:45pm - 4:05pm
Clinical Correlates in Spasticity; How US Changes your Clinical Care
Katharine E. Alter, MD

4:05pm - 4:25pm 
4:25pm - 4:35pm 
Open Scan--Review and Summary
All Faculty 
4:35pm - 5pm 


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 5

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

Standard Rate–Available after April 5

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


This course is SOLD OUT. 

To learn more about the STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program and its future courses, click here.

The next opportunity to take this course without registering for the full STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program will be on November 12-13 at the 2019 AAPM&R Annual Assembly.

Hotel Information

Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove
1500 Opus Place
Downers Grove, IL 60515-5719
(630) 852-1500

AAPM&R has secured a rate of $99 per night (plus tax) if booked before Thursday, April 25, 2019.

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, May 17 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 March 27, 2019 to the address below. Cancellations received after March 27 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.