UltraSound Essentials for Surgeons Course (USES)

The National Ultrasound Faculty of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has developed the new UltraSound Essentials for Surgeons (USES), online course for physicians and medical professionals in ultrasound imaging. This online, on-demand course provides the learner with basic education and training in ultrasound imaging as a foundation for specific clinical applications.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the ACS Ultrasound Education Program
  • Identify techniques and differentiate challenges associated with surgeon performed ultrasound
  • Illustrate the possibilities and limitations of ultrasound in clinical applications
  • Locate resources for getting started in Surgeon Performed Ultrasound
  • Develop enabling strategies to improve surgeon ultrasound skills

Course Outline

  • Introduction to UltraSound Essentials for Surgeons - David Hoyt, MD, FACS
  • Welcome to UltraSound Essentials for Surgeons - Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS
  • UltraSound Essentials for Surgeons - Ellen Hagopian, MD, FACS
  • Overview of Ultrasound
  • Introduction to Ultrasound History
  • Physics of Ultrasound
  • Test 1 of 3
  • Instrumentation and Knobology
  • Test 2 of 3
  • Scanning Techniques and Artifacts
  • Clinical Examples Supplemental Videos
  • Test 3 of 3
  • Course Evaluation
  • Certificate

Target Audience

  • Practicing surgeons
  • Physicians or medical professionals in ultrasound imaging


For questions about the course content, please contact elearning@facs.org.

If you have any technical questions, contact learning@facs.org

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.00 Self Assessment 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 relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. For additional information, please visit the ACCME website: http://www.accme.org/requirements/accreditation-requirements-cme-providers/policies-and-definitions/financial-relationships-and-conflicts-interest

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 a activity, please report it on the evaluation.

Faculty and Disclosures

David Hoyt, MD, FACS - No Disclosures
Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FACS - No Disclosures
Ellen Hagopian, MD, FACS - No Disclosures
Scott A. Dulchavsky, MD, PhD, FACS - No disclosures
William R. Fry, MD, FACS - No disclosuress
Lawrence Marshall Gillman, MD - No disclosures
Mark A. Gittleman, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Ellen Hagopian, MD, FaCS - No disclosures
Jay Kenneth Harness, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Andrew W. Kirkpatrick, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Junji Machi, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Amy Catherine Sisley, MD, FACS - No disclosures
R. Stephen Smith, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Robert Alan Sofferman, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Pat Winston Whitworth, MD, FACS - No disclosures
Eugene Zierler, MD, FACS - No disclosures


Continuing Medical Education Credit Information


The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Of the AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed above, a maximum of 4 credits meet the requirements for Self-Assessment.

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Available Credit

  • 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 4.00 Self Assessment Credit
  • 1.00 Certificate of Completion

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
Course expires: 
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