POCUS ECHO

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) ECHO - Launching Monday, December 12, 2023

About POCUS ECHO

During each session, a panel of subject matter experts who constitute the ECHO “hub team” facilitate brief didactics, and de-identified patient cases are presented by participants. Students and established providers alike receive support and recommendations from their peers while learning how to comprehensively apply skills.

POCUS ECHO meets on the 2nd & 4th Monday of each month from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET via Zoom.

Register for POCUS ECHO

For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Assistant Director, Kaley Liang: klliang@iu.edu 

What is Point-of-Care Ultrasound?

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) utilizes portable, easy-to-use, and affordable ultrasound technology that allows for quicker discovery of medical issues right at the point of care. Images are available immediately and require no waiting to see if a patient must be transferred to a different healthcare facility or prepared for further imaging assessment. This has vastly improved the quality of care for patients than in the past. The addition of POCUS in clinical care settings improves provider accuracy and quality of care, and in turn, improves patient outcomes.

Identified benefits of task shifting in POCUS include improved diagnosis and support of clinical decision-making that leads to better bedside management, an increase in health services, and better health outcomes overall. Additional benefits also include availability of imaging at primary care levels and empowerment of frontline healthcare workers.

Upcoming Curriculum Topics

Curriculum topics are subject to change

DateDidactic Topic
12/12/2022Exploring POCUS and using the ECHO Model
12/26/2022Cancelled
1/9/2023Cardiac Ultrasound
1/23/2023Lung Ultrasound
2/13/2023Legal Issues in POCUS (documentation requirements)
2/27/2023Gallbladder Ultrasound
3/13/2023Liver Ultrasound
3/27/2023Building a POCUS Practice

Hub Team

Rob Ferre, MD, FACEP

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Chief, POCUS US Division, Department of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Ferre graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Maine Medical Center. Following residency, Dr. Ferre served 3 years on active duty for the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall Medical Center where he was the Emergency Ultrasound Director for the SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Residency program. He spent 9 years at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he founded the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship and the Emergency Ultrasound Division.

Dr. Ferre has trained thousands of physicians of all different specialties and medical students throughout the United States, Guyana, Nepal, and Iraq. He currently serves as the Chief of the Point of Care Ultrasound Division of the Department of Emergency Medicine. He also directs the IUSM Point of Care Ultrasound Initiative where we has the privilege of working with talented and dedicated educators. 

Aish Thamba, BS, MS, MS

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Medical Student

Aish is a medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine. She is from Fishers, Indiana and is a lifelong coffee enthusiast. Her interests include history, service-based learning, and global healthcare. In her free time, she likes to read and hike.