POCUS ECHO

About Point of Care Ultrasound 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 receive support and recommendations from their peers while learning how to comprehensively apply skills.

The POCUS ECHO meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET via Zoom.

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For any questions, please feel free to reach out to our program management specialist, Norelimane Bouzar: nbouzar@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, increased health services, and better health outcomes overall. Additional benefits include availability of imaging at primary care levels and empowerment of frontline healthcare workers.

POCUS ECHO Mentorship Program

Healthcare providers with an intermediate level knowledge of using point of care ultrasound are invited to apply for the inaugural cohort.

Candidates accepted into the competitive program will be eligible to receive a portable, handheld Butterfly ultrasound machine on loan from Indiana University and participate in bi-monthly rapid image reviews with seasoned POCUS experts.

Individuals selected will participate in 1:1 mentorship and rapid image review with a seasoned POCUS expert on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month from 12:30-1:00 pm ET, beginning Monday, October 16, 2023.

The application period has closed for the 2023 POCUS ECHO mentorship program. 

Upcoming curriculum topics

Those enrolled in the mentorship program will also attend the mentorship meetings listed in bold. 

Curriculum topics are subject to change

DateDidactic Topic
2/5/2024Mentorship Meeting
2/12/2024Gallbladder POCUS // Liver POCUS // Small Bowel POCUS
2/19/2024Mentorship Meeting
2/26/2024Ultrasound-Guided Approach to Hypotension (RUSH)

Registered participants have access to our Canvas resource library.

DateDidactic Topics
10/16/2023Mentorship Meeting
10/23/2023Basic Ultrasound Physics and Instrumentation // Soft Tissue Ultrasound
11/6/2023Mentorship Meeting
11/13/2023Cardiac POCUS
11/20/2023Cancelled for Thanksgiving
11/27/2023Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
12/04/2023Mentorship Meeting
12/11/2023Lung POCUS
12/18/2023Mentorship Meeting
12/25/2023Canceled for Holiday Break
1/1/2024Canceled for New Year's Day
1/8/2024Vascular Point of Care Ultrasound
1/15/2024Canceled for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/22/2024The Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST) Exam

Registered participants have access to our Canvas resource library.

DateDidactic Topics
12/12/2022Exploring Point of Care Ultrasounds and Utilizing the ECHO Model
12/26/2022Canceled
01/09/2023Focused Cardiac Ultrasound
01/23/2023Focused Lung and Pleural Ultrasound
02/13/2023Point of Care Ultrasound Physics
02/27/2023Renal Point of Care Ultrasound
03/13/2023Gallbladder & Liver Ultrasound
03/27/2023Obstetrical Ultrasound
04/10/2023Building a POCUS Practice: ECHO Panel
04/24/2023Using POCUS for Undifferentiated Dyspnea
05/08/2023POCUS in Austere Environments
05/22/2023Using Ultrasound for Undifferentiated Hypotension
06/12/2023Bowel Ultrasound
06/26/2023Musculoskeletal Ultrasound featuring Live Session Demo

Hub Team

Jean Davis, RT (R), RDMS

Jean Davis

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Manager

Jean Davis is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer who retired from Eskenazi Health after 35 years. Davis is now the Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) program manager for the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

Rob Ferre, MD, FACEP

Rob Ferre

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 three 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. 

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. 

Daryl G. Morrical, M.D., FACP, FCCP

Daryl G. Morrical

Pulmonary Critical Care Doctor

Dr. Daryl Morrical studied aeronautical engineering at Purdue University, graduated from medical school at IU School of Medicine, completed his internal medicine residency at Duke University Hospital, and pulmonary/critical care fellowship at the University of Vermont Hospital. 

He has taught bedside ultrasound to medical students, residents, fellows, and medical/surgical staff for the last 12 years. Dr. Morrical received a certificate of completion in point of care ultrasound from the American College of Chest Physicians in 2012. 

Molly Reitinger, M.D.

Molly Reitinger

Resident PGY-2

Second-year family medicine resident at IU with interests in POCUS, sports medicine, and prenatal care.

James Wilcox, M.D., RMSK, FAAFP

James Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Clinical Family Medicine

Dr. James Wilcox graduated from Indiana University in 2014 and completed his family medicine residency at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in 2017. He then completed his sports medicine fellowship at Western Michigan University in 2018.

As of 2020, Wilcox works at Eskenazi Health in outpatient primary care. In 2021, he accepted a grant-funded position at Indiana University School of Medicine teaching Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) and coordinating POCUS integration into the four-year curriculum as the HRSA PRIME POCUS thread director, and Indiana University School of Medicine assistant POCUS director. 

Additional resources to support your learning

IUSM POCUS YouTube Page

Subscribe to the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) Point of Care Ultrasound YouTube page here

IUSM Primary POCUS Canvas Page

Please note this is a separate Canvas page from ECHO's Canvas page. The Indiana University School of Medicine Primary POCUS page offers protocol videos, supplemental handouts, and many more resources.

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