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Ultrasound Education

We have developed an extensive ultrasound training program to provide a series of educational programs for medical students, medical residents and practicing physicians in primary care from around the state, the Southeast and the globe.

Integrated Ultrasound

In 2006, we became the first university in the country to integrate ultrasound technology into our medical curriculum. Since then, we've worked with our partners to create curriculum, test new technologies and encourage medical providers around the world to use ultrasound technology in ways that improve the quality of patient care.


Continuing Medical Education

Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound is the Ultrasound Institute's two-day continuing medical education course. This course is appropriate for providers who are new to point of care ultrasound or those who need a refresher.  

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The Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound course will provide inexperienced primary care providers, as well as those in need of a refresher, an opportunity to develop basic skills in a comprehensive set of ultrasound procedures that can be integrated into the primary care practice.

Attendees will develop basic skills in the use of both laptop and handheld portable ultrasound units. This introductory program is taught by a cadre of ultrasound users and educators who are internationally-recognized for their work in ultrasound medical education programs. Attendees will spend the majority of their time on practical, hands-on scanning exercises using live models, with no more than a 4:1 ratio of students to instructors. Non-physicians are also welcome to attend.  This includes mid-level practitioners (PAs and NPs), medics, nursing staff and sonographers.

This comprehensive Introduction to Point of Care ultrasound course will provide attendees with the skills and confidence in acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images needed to further integrate ultrasound into their primary care practices.

Upon completion of the program, attendees will be able to:

  1. discuss physical characteristics of ultrasound and ultrasound machine operations and operational features of a portable unit in the generation and storage of quality ultrasound images.
  2. establish basic skills in the use of the laptop and handheld ultrasound units for acquisition and interpretation of ultrasound images using B mode and/or Color Doppler.
  3. acquire images of the heart in PLAX and Apical 4-chamber views using the laptop and handheld ultrasound units that are adequate for use in assessment of global heart function.
  4. perform basic ultrasound exams of the abdominal aorta for aneurysm screening, of the IVC for size and contractility, of the liver, gall bladder and spleen, of the right and left kidneys and urinary bladder using laptop and handheld ultrasound units.
  5. perform musculoskeletal ultrasound procedures on the knee and shoulder.
  6. perform ultrasound guided procedures (paracentesis, thoracentesis and central line placement) using the laptop ultrasound unit and phantoms.
  7. acquire images of the lung pleura with the laptop unit that demonstrate the presence or absence of lung sliding, B lines and A lines.
  8. combine imaging of heart, IVC and lungs (laptop unit only) as a means to perform a limited cardiopulmonary exam with laptop and handheld ultrasound units.
  • Imaging fundamentals
  • Instrumentation and image optimization
  • Imaging in B mode, M mode, and with Color Doppler
  • Imaging with laptop and handheld ultrasound units of abdominal aorta, to include AAA screening:
    •  IVC to include assessment of size and contractility.
    • abdomen including the liver, gall bladder, and spleen.
    • kidneys and urinary bladder.
    • deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
    • MSK knee and shoulder examination.
    • heart using PLAX and Apical 4-chamber views to enable assessment of global heart function.
  • Ultrasound guided procedures (paracentesis, thoracentesis, central line placement)
  • Lung ultrasound imaging
  • Combining heart, IVC and lung imaging to perform a cardiopulmonary limited ultrasound exam

The Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound program is intended for those primary care providers who want to include ultrasound in their diagnostic tool box and either have none or minimal experience using ultrasound.

The course will provide a comprehensive experience with those procedures that can be used at the point of care in their practice. The program will also be useful to those who wish to brush up their ultrasound skills. Attendance is appropriate for physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who work in a primary care, hospitalist or urgent care setting. No previous ultrasound imaging experience is needed.


University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute Building 28
6311 Garners Ferry Road Columbia, SC 29209


The first day (Thursday) begins at 8:00 a.m., with registration and a light breakfast, and ends at 5:30 p.m. The second day (Friday) begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m.


15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

If you require overnight lodging, we recommend:
  • Hampton Inn and Suites
    201 East Exchange Blvd, Columbia
  • Holiday Inn Express and Suites
    7329 Garners Ferry Rd (Rte. 378), Columbia
  • Country Inn and Suites
    220 E Exchange Blvd Columbia
  • LaQuinta Inns and Suites
    7333 Garners Ferry Rd, Columbia
  • Baymont Inn & Suites
    240 E Exchange Blvd, Columbia

All of these accommodations are within a couple miles of the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute, a short drive from the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE). 

Directions from these hotels to the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute:      
  • From your lodging, proceed out to the main highway (route 378/Garners Ferry Rd.) and take a left onto the highway
  • Proceed straight under the I-77 overpass
  • Continue straight through 2 traffic lights (VA medical center is on your left at the 1st light, Krispy Kreme is on your right at the 2nd light)
  • Proceed straight to a 3rd light (Walgreens Pharmacy is on your right) and take a left turn at this intersection
  • Proceed straight into a parking area that will appear to your right. The Ultrasound Institute training facility is on the 2nd floor of the 2-story brick building that appears on your left. There is plenty of parking

Registration: $1350
Early Bird Registration (applies to registrations received no less than 21 days before the course): $1250

Enquire about receiving remote educational image critiques following the course.


We also offer a reduced rate for non-physicians. Contact the Program Coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute to acquire, with promo code:  

Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME) Members: $100 discount

NOTE: If you are a SUSME member, enter the promo code "SUSME" on the Payment Methods page, and click to receive a $100 discount. This step happens before the final review of the registration.

August 15-16, 2019
October 17-18, 2019
December 5-6, 2019
January 23-24, 2020
March 19-20, 2020
May 21-22, 2020

Register online with our CME registration form. If the registration page fails to load, clear out your browser's cache and history and then try again. 

NOTE: If you are a SUSME member, enter the promo code "SUSME" on the Payment Methods page, and click to receive a $100 discount. This step happens before the final review of the registration.

Continuing Education Credits

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Prisma Health Continuing Medical Education Organization is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Prisma Health Continuing Medical Education Organization designates this live activity for a maximum of 16 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute Robert Haddad at or 803-216-3306. 

Richard Hoppmann Profile

Richard A. Hoppmann, M.D., is a Professor of Medicine at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and former Dean of the USCSOM. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. He is Director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina and is principle investigator on multiple ultrasound grants totaling over $1 million. He has introduced an integrated ultrasound curriculum over four years of medical student education at the USCSOM and has helped develop an ultrasound training program for primary care physicians in rural South Carolina. He serves as President of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.


Robert Haddad Profile

Robert Haddad, RDCS, RVT is a registered cardiovascular sonographer and Director of Ultrasound Education at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. He is also the clinical coordinator and lead instructor of the cardiovascular ultrasound programs at Midlands Technical College and the Palmetto School of Ultrasound. In addition, Robert has been a part of the Cardiac Diagnostics lab at Prisma Health for the past 13 years.


 Tripp Bell Profile

Floyd E. Bell, M.D., “Tripp” is assistant professor in the Department of Radiology at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. A graduate of the USC School of Medicine, he completed a transitional year internship at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in South Carolina and a diagnostic radiology residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. He previously worked in private practice for a radiology group in Columbia, S.C. Among his research interests is ultrasound in medical education.


Mary Poston Profile

Mary Elizabeth Poston, MD joined the Division of Internal Medicine in 2004 where she is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Internal Medicine. She graduated medical school from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 1999 where she also completed her residency in 2002. She completed an Academic Generalist and MS Clinical Research Fellowship in 2004. Academically, Dr. Poston is interested in pre-clinical medical student education, was Director of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine curriculum, and currently directs the Internal Medicine residency program. Additional interests include ultrasound in medical education and increasing physical activity in primary care.


Paul Bornemann Profile

Paul H. Bornemann, M.D., is currently Assistant Professor of Family and Preventative Medicine, Associate Program Director of the Family Medicine Residency Program, and Director of Primary Care Ultrasound at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Bornemann is board certified in Family Medicine. He is a military veteran and has eight years’ experience working as an army family physician. He has experience introducing integrated ultrasound curriculum into a military family medicine residency training program and at the University of South Carolina. He has published several journal articles and book chapters on point-of-care ultrasound topics. He also has experience organizing and presenting workshops on point-of-care ultrasound and the regional and national level.


Keith Barron Profile

Keith R. Barron, M.D. is a faculty member at the Ultrasound Institute and hospitalist at Palmetto Health Richland. He graduated from University of South Carolina School of Medicine in 2011, participating in an integrated, four-year ultrasound curriculum. In 2014 he completed an Internal Medicine residency at Palmetto Health/University of South Carolina School of Medicine, where he served as Chief Resident. He recently finished a Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship in 2015 and has a particular interest in lung ultrasound.



Brian Keisler Profile

Brian Keisler, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. As clerkship director for his department, Dr. Keisler has participated in the University of South Carolina’s vertical ultrasound curriculum from its inception. Additionally, Dr. Keisler is a faculty member in the department’s Sports Medicine fellowship and holds a CAQ in Primary Care Sports Medicine. As a fellowship faculty member, Dr. Keisler uses MSK ultrasound on a regular basis and helps instruct Sports Medicine fellows in its use.


Dina Brown

Dina Brown, RDMS, is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer and Program Coordinator at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine.  She is also the clinical coordinator and scan lab instructor for the general sonography program at Midlands Technical College.  Before joining the Ultrasound Institute, Dina focused primarily on women's health scanning OB/Gyn.



Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

In addition to the faculty listed, Adrienne C. Ross (CME Manager, Office of Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs) is recognized by USCSOM USI as being in control of content of this program.


On-site Training

We offer point-of-care ultrasound training to all rural primary care practices in South Carolina. The training program is led by a School of Medicine faculty physician who has been extensively trained in ultrasonography.

Personalized, comprehensive training allows each physician to fully develop their ultrasound skills and integrate point-of-care ultrasound into their patient care. 

Benefits of training include:

  • Web-based learning modules
  • Training at provider practice location once per month for up to 12 months
  • Practice training on procedures relevant to the clinic’s patient population
  • Protocols and patient selection criteria
  • Electronic portal for continued consultation
  • Loan of a portable laptop-size ultrasound unit for practice between trainings

Providers will learn to perform in-office screenings and exams to confirm physical diagnoses and provide early detection of:

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Carotid artery stenosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Left ventricle wall thickening
  • Gall stones

Ultrasound in rural health can bring significant positive results. Invest a little time in the ultrasound training offered by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and gain tremendous rewards in your practice.

For additional information or to enroll, please contact the program coordinator of the Ultrasound Institute, Robert Haddad, at or 803-216-3306.

The program has been made possible through a grant from the Duke Endowment.


Ultrasound Student Interest Group

The Ultrasound Institute also sponsors a Ultrasound Student Interest Group chapter. USIG is committed to provide extra-curricular experience to all students who are passionate about ultrasound. 

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