Step One: Ultrasound Clinical Applications of the Extremities Course

November 14-15, 2023 (New Orleans, LA)

STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program

This registration is only if you plan to attend the course as a one-off, stand-alone course and not as part of the AAPM&R STEP Ultrasound Certificate Program. To register for the complete program, click here.

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.

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, Samuel K. Chu, MD

8:00am - 8:10am   

Tissues, Probes and Knobology
Matthew Sherrier, MD

8:10am - 8:25am 

Tissues, Probes, Knobology Manual Skills Lab
All Faculty

 8:25am - 9:05am 

Shoulder Regional Anatomy 
Jennifer Soo Hoo, MD

9:05am - 9:25am         

9:25am - 9:30am
Shoulder Scanning Lab 
All Faculty

9:30am - 12:00pm

Lunch Break

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Elbow and Forearm Regional Anatomy
Asad R. Siddiqi, DO

1:00pm - 1:20pm

Wrist and, Hand Regional Anatomy    
Christopher J. Visco, MD

1:20pm - 1:40pm


1:40pm - 1:45pm

Elbow, Forearm, Wrist, Hand Scanning Lab
All Faculty

1:45pm - 4:15pm


4:15pm - 4:20pm

Upper Extremity Neuro Anatomy
Heakyung Kim, MD

4:20pm - 4:40pm
Open Scanning Lab: Practice & Review
All Faculty

4:40pm - 5:00pm

 Day 2

Continental breakfast

7:30am - 8:00am
Introduction and Overview   
Ethan B. Rand, MD, Samuel K. Chu, MD                                   

8:00am - 8:10am   

Hip Region Anatomy
Jonathan S. Kirschner, MD

8:10am - 8:35am 


8:35am - 8:40am 

Hip Scanning Lab  
All faculty

8:40am - 11:10am


 11:10am - 11:20am

Knee Regional Anatomy 
Melinda S. Loveless, MD

11:20am - 11:40am
Ankle & Foot Regional Anatomy
Ashwin N. Babu, MD
11:40am - 12:00pm

 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Knee, Ankle, and Foot Scanning Lab
All Faculty

1:00pm - 3:30pm

3:30pm - 3:45pm

Lower Extremity Neuro Anatomy
Heakyung Kim, MD

3:45pm - 4:10pm
4:10pm - 4:30pm 
Open Scaning Lab:  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:


  • Physics, Optimization and Tissue Differentiation
  • Knobology and Ergonomics
  • Needle Tracking and Ultrasound Guided Injection Technique
  • Shoulder: Normal Anatomy and Ultrasound Protocol
  • Ultrasound Pediatric Applications in the Upper Limb (Forearm, Hand)
  • Ultrasound Pediatric Applications in the Upper Limb (Shoulder, Arm)
  • Ultrasound-guided Spasticity Management of the Upper Extremity
  • Forearm, Wrist, and Hand: Anatomy and Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Peripheral Nerve Applications of the Upper Limb
  • Ultrasound Peds/Spasticity Applications in the Lower Limb
  • Ultrasound Nerve Applications in the Lower Limb
  • Hip: Normal Anatomy and Ultrasound Protocol
  • Knee Normal Anatomy and Ultrasound Protocol
  • Clinical Correlates in Spasticity; How US Changes your Clinical Care
  • Ankle & Foot Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
  • Spasticity Management Using Ultrasound
  • Knee Clinical Applications and Selected Pathology with Ultrasound
  • Hip Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
  • Shoulder Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound
  • Elbow, Wrist and Hand Clinical Applications and Pathology with Ultrasound

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.

Course Pricing

Early Bird Rate

Member: $1,250
Nonmember: $1,395


Standard Rate

Member: $1,350
Nonmember: $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.

This is available as a pre-course at the 2023 Annual Assembly in New Orleans, LA.

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.



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