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Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities Course


Rescheduled to 2021, dates and location TBD

Apply ultrasound in your practice with a course designed for every physiatrist.  Try ultrasound for the first time to see how it will best fit your area of specialty expertise.  This course is designed for “every physiatrist” to get started with applying ultrasound to patients with musculoskeletal and neurologic diagnoses for diagnostic and interventional applications. More interactive hands-on experiences than ever allow clinicians to begin to develop the understanding and manual skills needed to improve their practice with ultrasound.  Over 8 hours of hands-on time will allow physiatrists truly experience ultrasound first-hand.

This course is the required first component of AAPM&R's STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program

Directors and Faculty


Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR
Ethan B. Rand, MD, FAAPMR

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the indications, advantages, and disadvantages of using ultrasound imaging in musculoskeletal and/or neurologic clinical applications including spasticity and pain.
  • Demonstrate improved visual-spatial and manual skill as it relates to transducer manipulation.
  • Utilize the various components of an ultrasound machine to acquire an optimized image.
  • Utilize optimized ultrasound images to improve diagnostic accuracy and for procedural image guidance. Identify and differentiate structures typically examined in the neurologic and musculoskeletal system.
  • Alter practice efficiency with regards to the clinical application of ultrasound.

Who Should Attend

Physicians who care for patients with neurologic or musculoskeletal diseases with a novice, beginner or intermediate understanding of ultrasound.

Live Course Agenda


Day 1

Registration and Breakfast

7:00am - 8:00am

Introduction, Overview, and Acknowledgements
Ethan B. Rand, MD, FAAPMR; Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR

8:00am - 8:10am   
Tissues and Needles 

8:10am - 8:25am 

Technical, Needle Tracking, and Manual Skills Lab
All Faculty

 8:25am - 9:10am 

Shoulder Region Anatomy 

9:10am - 9:30am         
Shoulder Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

9:30am - 9:50am


 9:50am - 10:00am

Shoulder Scanning Lab (with Procedure Simulation) 
All Faculty
10:00am - 12:00pm

Lunch Break

12:05pm - 1:00 pm

Elbow and Forearm Regional Anatomy

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Wrist and Hand Regional Anatomy

1:20pm - 1:40pm
Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, Hand Scanning Lab
All faculty


1:40pm - 3:40pm


3:40pm - 3:50pm

Elbow, Wrist, Hand Clinical Applications and Pathology with US

3:50pm - 4:10pm

Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound


4:10pm - 4:30pm

4:30pm - 4:40 pm

Open Scanning Lab: Practice & Review
All Faculty
4:40pm - 5:00pm


Day 2

Introduction and Overview
Ethan B. Rand, MD, FAAPMR; Samuel K. Chu, MD, FAAPMR
8am - 8:10am   

Hip Region Anatomy

8:10am - 8:35am 

Hip Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound 

8:35am - 8:55am 
Break 8:55am - 9:00am         

Hip Scanning Lab 
All faculty


9:00am - 11:00am

11:00am - 11:10 am

Knee Regional Anatomy 

11:10am - 11:30am
Ankle & Foot Regional Anatomy
11:30am - 11:50am
11:50am - 12:00pm


12:00pm - 1:00pm

Knee, Ankle, and Foot Scanning Lab
All Faculty

1:00pm - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 3:10pm

Knee Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound 

3:10pm - 3:30pm

Ankle & Foot Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

3:30pm - 3:50pm

Clinical Correlates in Spasticity; How US Changes your Clinical Care

3:50pm - 4:20pm 
4:20pm - 4:30pm 
Open Scan--Review and Summary
All Faculty 
4:30pm - 5:00pm 



Online Video Modules Available Before the Live Course!

Registrants will be able to view the online lectures 30 days prior to the live course to maximize the time for hands-on training. It is strongly recommended that attendees view these online lectures before attending this course. Scroll down to preview some of the online lectures.

Online Lecture Topics Include:



Needle Tracking and Ultrasound-Guided Injection Technique 
Ethan B. Colliver, DO

Ultrasound Pediatric Applications in the Upper Limb
Heakyung Kim, MD

Shoulder: Normal Anatomy and Ultrasound Protocol
Luis Baerga-Varela, MD  


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation of Credit:

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R) designates this live activity for a maximum of 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

This course has been approved by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) for a maximum of 17.75 Maintenance of Certification® (MOC®) Part II Self-Assessment credits. Attendees must actively participate and complete a self-evaluation at the conclusion of the course to earn MOC Part II credit.

Partial support for the Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities course has been provided through educational grants from Allergan, Inc. and Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals in compliance with ACCME Guidelines.

Course Pricing

Early Bird Rate

Member - $1,250
Non-Member - $1,395

Standard Rate

Member - $1,350
Non-Member - $1,495


Option 1

If you plan to attend this course as the first step of the AAPM&R STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program, you must register for the complete certificate program.  Registering and paying only for the course does not automatically  enroll you in the STEP certificate program.

Click below to register as a complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program participant on, which includes the early bird rate for this course. 


If you are not interested in participating in the complete STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program, you can attend this course as a one-off, stand alone course.

Registration will be available in May.  Early bird and standard rates apply based on the date you register.  


Attendees are encouraged to dress comfortably and do not need to dress to be scanned as volunteer models will be available for the scanning labs.


Light continental breakfast items and lunch will be served on both days of the course.

Cancellation and Change Policy

Learn more about our cancellation policy here or call (847) 737-6000.