UltraSound Essentials for Surgical Residents Course (USER)

The National Ultrasound Faculty of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is excited to share with you this newly branded course, Ultrasound Essentials for Surgical Residents, or the USER course. This course is designed to provide you with the essential knowledge and skill in various uses of ultrasound, such as in the trauma bay, at the bedside, and in the operating room.

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

Course Outline

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

  • Pretest

  • Vascular ultrasound

  • Ultrasound of the breast

  • Abdominal Ultrasound and Extended FAST

  • Thyroid and Parathyroid ultrasound

  • Clinical Examples Supplemental Videos

  • Course Materials for Review

  • Post test

  • Course evaluation

  • Certificate

Target Audience

  • Surgical Residents


If you have any questions about this course, please contact skillscourses@facs.org.

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

Course summary
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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


A Certificate of Completion will be awarded for this course. 

This activity is not eligible for CME or CE credits.

Available Credit

Accreditation Period

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