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POCUS Certificate of Completion

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SHM is at the forefront of point-of-care ultrasound for hospitalists, providing valuable resources, educational programming, and opportunities to further the conversation and application into daily practice. The SHM | CHEST Certificate of Completion (COC) offers pathways for hospitalists to demonstrate their expertise in point-of-care ultrasound. This program offers a comprehensive, hands-on experience to learn the fundamentals of point-of-care ultrasound culminating with a certificate of completion presented by SHM and CHEST. Alternatively, individual courses can be taken to enhance POCUS skills without entering the COC program.


Recipients of the SHM | CHEST POCUS Certificate of Completion must complete all five program requirements within three years of entering the program. The requirements are listed in the recommended order of completion. Portfolio images used for certificate completion must be generated and collected personally after attending one of the live courses.

  1. Complete online modules
  2. Attend Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care
  3. Attend an approved regional POCUS course
  4. Complete the online portfolio
  5. Take the Comprehensive Skills and Knowledge Assessments

The SHM POCUS COC Steering Committee is responsible for developing and maintaining the standards for the Certificate of Completion.

View the POCUS COC Steering Committee

Online Modules

Developed by nationally recognized experts in POCUS, this series addresses these issues with in-depth cognitive training across the most impactful applications of POCUS for hospitalists. POCUS COC candidates must complete SHM's 10-part online educational series, “ Principles of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.”

Alternatively, COC candidates may satisfy this requirement by completing the CAE Healthcare online series, “ Bedside Ultrasound in Critical Care.” SHM members also receive special pricing on CAE Healthcare modules.

Individuals looking to supplement, strengthen, and refine their ultrasound knowledge can purchase the series without pursuing a COC. Members receive a discounted rate.

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Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care

During this course, attendees review key elements of point-of-care ultrasound applications and practice image acquisition on human models under the guidance of expert faculty. This course provides an in-depth review of ultrasound images demonstrating normal and pathologic findings giving learners a unique and complete learning experience. Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care is offered throughout the year at the CHEST Simulation Center in Glenview, Illinois. SHM members receive special pricing on this course.

Upcoming Courses:

September 2024 Essentials Course
December 2024 Essentials Course


Regional POCUS Courses

POCUS COC candidates must attend an approved multi-day regional ultrasound course. Individuals looking for more training without the certificate program are also eligible to attend.

Upcoming Regional Courses:

New York
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course

June 13-14, 2024
New York, NY


CHEST: Integration into
Clinical Practice Course

Chicago, IL


Hospital Medicine
Point-of-Care Ultrasonography

July 29 – August 2, 2024
New York, NY


18th Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshops
Courses Offered:
Adult Basics, Faculty Development,
Advanced Cardiac, and Pediatrics
January/February 2025

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SHM Regional POCUS Course,
Rocky Mountain Chapter

May 2-3, 2024
Denver, CO


SHM Minnesota Chapter
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course

October 12-13, 2024
Bloomington, MN


UCSF POCUS for the
Hospitalist CME Course

June 17-18, 2024
Honolulu, HI


UCSF POCUS for the
Hospitalist CME Course

San Francisco, CA
November 2024

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MedStar Health SiTEL
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) 4-Day Course

October 17-20, 2024
Washington, DC


Online Portfolio

A key element to training in point-of-care ultrasound is bedside scanning practice. To foster self-directed learning, COC candidates must assemble a portfolio of specific images to be reviewed and approved by an SHM faculty member online. Participants can expect a productive educational experience that will foster ongoing scanning practice and yield high-quality image acquisition. The online image portfolio is particularly beneficial to educators looking to kickstart the development of their teaching file of images for instruction.

Participants will need access to an ultrasound machine with image storage capability. Images should be recorded and exported directly from an ultrasound machine to the online portfolio. The emphasis for portfolio development is image quality. While specific examples of disease are not required, except for specified lung and pleural images, abnormal images are welcome. It is also acceptable to submit a portfolio of all normal images.

This activity has been approved for CME and MOC points.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Acquiring the skills and ability to apply POCUS within internal medicine is increasingly important, and there is no better opportunity to grow than learning from the comprehensive curriculum and expert clinicians involved in the SHM COC.

Thomas Robertson, MD

COC has been instrumental in not only initiating my journey to being a content expert, but also introduced me to world-class faculty, network/collaborate with regional POCUS enthusiasts, teach POCUS at our residency program, and pilot POCUS curriculum development at our organization. Additionally, for my department the certificate can be testament of my attendance in this rigorous curriculum.

Amteshwar Singh, MD, FACP