Ultrasound Essentials for Residents (USER)- University of Kansas-Wichita

The National Ultrasound Faculty of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed the UltraSound Essentials for Surgical Residents for residents interested in ultrasound imaging. The 2024 Ultrasound Essentials for Residents (USER) an online, on-demand course provides the learner with basic education and training in ultrasound imaging as a foundation for specific clinical applications.


Course Outline

Introduction to UltraSound Essentials for Residents 
Ellen Hagopian, MD, FACS

Vascular ultrasound
William R. Fry, MD, FACS

Ultrasound of the breast
Jay K. Harness, MD, FACS

Abdominal Ultrasound and Extended FAST
Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, MD, FACS

Thyroid and Parathyroid ultrasound 
R. Stephen Smith, MD, FACS


Target Audience

  • Surgical Residents


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Ultrasound Essentials for Surgical Residents, the learner should be able to describe the positions and techniques used to conduct: 

  • Vascular ultrasound

  • Thyroid and parathyroid ultrasound

  • Ultrasound of the breast

  • Abdominal ultrasound and extended FAST



    • If you have any questions about this course, please contact Luciana Jenkins, Administrator, Skills Courses at 312-202-5262 or email ljenkins@facs.org
    • For questions about the course content or any technical questions, contact learning@facs.org
      Course summary
      Available credit: 
      • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
      Course opens: 
      Course expires: 

      Disclosure Information

      In accordance with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the American College of Surgeons must ensure that anyone in a position to control the content of the educational activity (planners and speakers/authors/discussants/moderators) has disclosed all financial relationships with any commercial interest (termed by the ACCME as “ineligible companies”, defined below) held in the last 24 months (see below for definitions). Please note that first authors were required to collect and submit disclosure information on behalf all other authors/contributors, if applicable.

      Ineligible company

      The ACCME defines an “ineligible company” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services used on or consumed by patients. Providers of clinical services directly to patients are NOT included in this definition.

      Financial Relationships

      Relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  

      Conflict of Interest

      Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of an ineligible company with which he/she has a financial relationship.

      The ACCME also requires that ACS manage any reported conflict and eliminate the potential for bias during the educational activity.  Any conflicts noted below have been managed to our satisfaction. The disclosure information is intended to identify any commercial relationships and allow learners to form their own judgments. However, if you perceive a bias during the educational activity, please report it on the evaluation. 


      Planning Committee Disclosures

      David Hoyt, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Ellen Hagopian, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Scott A. Dulchavsky, MD, PhD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      William R. Fry, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Lawrence Marshall Gillman, MD - Nothing to disclose
      Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Jay Kenneth Harness, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Junji Machi, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Amy Catherine Sisley, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      R. Stephen Smith, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Pat Winston Whitworth, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose
      Eugene Zierler, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose


      Faculty Disclosures

      John Smith, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose

      James Haan, MD, FACS - Nothing to disclose



      Accreditation Statement

      This course is specific for Residents. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

      Your Certificate of Completion will be processed and provided by the educational institution, upon successful completion of viewing the course materials, including pre-/posttest requirements.


      Course Completion

      To receive the Certificate, participants will need to complete the following:

      • Review all course materials, including pre-/posttest requirements
      • Course evaluation


      Available Credit

      • 1.00 Certificate of Completion
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      Course Registration

      You may enroll in the course free of charge. 

      You will be asked to register for the course and provide information to complete the registration process.

      Once you have completed the registration process, an email will be sent to you with the confirmation and course login information. 

      To Start Course

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