SEMPA Ultrasound Course 2024

SEMPA Ultrasound Course 2024

January 23 - 24, 2024
Jacksonville, FL

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  • Limited to 50 participants
  • 1:5 faculty to student ratio
  • Hands-on scanning of live models
  • Simulation technology incorporated
  • Earn CME towards your EM-CAQ
  • Lots of practice time
  • Faculty from emergency ultrasound fellowship programs
  • Learn the core applications to emergency ultrasound
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Enjoy the sun and fun of Florida

The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training PAs working in emergency medicine. Focused, goal-directed ultrasound will be performed to answer a specific clinical question, which could change the next step in patient care. The course will also include didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on skills labs to allow participants to use ultrasound machines on both live human and simulation models.

To introduce the participant to the use of focused point-of-care ultrasound through didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on ultrasound scan sessions. The focus will be on emergency medicine applications, specifically the 10 core emergency medicine modalities as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols. that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput.

  • Ultrasound Physics and Knobology
  • The Extended FAST Exam
  • Renal Ultrasound
  • Biliary Ultrasound
  • Aorta Ultrasound
  • Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound
  • Thoracic Ultrasound
  • Pelvic Ultrasound
  • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Ultrasound
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound Guided Procedures

Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards will be made available to all participants prior to the course.


The schedule is subject to change.

Tuesday, January 23

Time Topic
Registration and Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:00 am
Introduction and Course Overview 8:00 am - 8:10 am
Becoming One with the Machine: Ultrasound physics and knobology 8:10 am - 8:55 am
The FAST and the Furious: Ultrasound use in Trauma 8:55 am - 9:40 am
BREAK 9:40 am - 9:55 am
Hands-on skills lab: E-FAST 9:55 pm - 10:55 pm
Unmasking Abdominal Pain: Renal, Gallbladder and Aorta Ultrasound 10:55 am - 11:40 am
Hands-on skills lab: Renal, GB, Aorta 11:40 am - 12:40 pm
LUNCH and Cases from the Fellows File 12:40 pm - 1:50 pm
Unmasking Abdominal Pain 2: Bowel Ultrasound 1:50 pm - 2:35 pm
Scanning Under the Surface: Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound 2:35 pm - 3:20 pm
BREAK 3:20 pm - 3:35 pm
Into the Deep: lower extremity venous ultrasound 3:35 pm - 4:15 pm
Hands-on skills lab: Soft Tissue, MSK, DVT 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm
Wrap up and Q&A 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Wednesday, January 24

Time Topic
Breakfast 7:30 am - 8:00 am
Orientation, Day 2 8:00 am - 8:10 am
Heart to Heart: Cardiac and IVC ultrasound can save your patient! 8:10 am - 9:10 am
Beyond the XR: Incorporating Lung Ultrasound 9:10 am - 9:40 am
BREAK 9:40 am - 9:55 am
Hand-on skills lab: Cardiac, Pulmonary 9:55 am - 10:55 am
Demystifying Pelvic Ultrasound: Incorporating ultrasound into your practice 10:55 am - 11:40 am
Hands on skills lab: pelvic 11:40 am - 12:25 pm
LUNCH and Ultrasound Tips and Tricks 12:25 pm - 1:45 pm
Seeing is Believing: Ocular and ENT 1:45 pm - 2:25 pm
Hands-on skills lab: Ocular, ENT and DVT 2:25 pm - 3:05 pm
BREAK 3:05 pm - 3:15 pm
Choose Your own Adventure: putting it all together 3:15 pm - 4:00 pm
Wheel of Fortune: participant’s choice scan time 4:00 - 5:15 pm
Wrap-up and Q&A 5:15 pm - 5:30 pm
Course Adjournment 5:30 pm

The 2024 SEMPA Ultrasound will be directed by Petra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS, Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine.

Additional faculty information to come.


The University of Florida Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research is located within a large facility spanning approximately 24,000 square feet and is divided into three areas in the Pavilion building on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. The Main Simulation and Conference/Instruction Area is a 7,000 square-foot area that was once a working hospital emergency department. The area is supported by an additional 800 square-foot conference and instructional area.

SEMPA Member $1,000
Non-Member $1,200
Registration with 1 Year Fellow Membership
(Fellows must be a certified EMPA)
Registration with 1 Year Associate Membership
(Associates would be NPs, MDs, EMTs, etc.)


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American College of Emergency Physicians and Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants. The American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 15 hour(s) of ACEP Category I credit.


Cancellations submitted in writing - via mail or email - and received on or before Thursday, December 21, 2023, will receive a refund of fees paid less a $50 cancellation fee. No telephone cancellations will be accepted. No refunds will be made for cancellation requests on or after Friday, December 22, 2023. However, if there is a waitlist and we are able to fill your slot, we will refund you less the $50 cancellation fee.

Cancellation requests can be sent to or mailed to SEMPA at 4950 W. Royal Lane, Irving, TX 75063.

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