June 07, 2012 15:21 ET

GW MFA Physicians Lead Point-of-Care Ultrasound Sessions at American College of Physicians 2012 Conference

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Jun 7, 2012) - The American College of Physicians (ACP) held its annual educational meeting in New Orleans from April 17-21, 2012. This annual meeting is a premier national forum for medical education and research. The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists, and is the largest medical-specialty organization in the United States. Its membership of 132,000 includes internists, internal medicine subspecialists, and medical students, residents, and fellows.

For five years, the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University (DEM) has taught workshops and lectures on point-of-care and procedural ultrasound and imaging of the chest and abdomen at ACP's annual meeting. This year, the Department of Emergency Medicine and members of GW's Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine jointly taught sessions in ultrasound guidance of vascular access. In a new session for this year's meeting, the DEM developed a workshop, in collaboration with faculty from the GW Division of Rheumatology, on High-yield Musculoskeletal Ultrasound. The inter-departmental project focused on point-of-care ultrasound techniques performed by clinicians.

"Each year, the Department of Emergency Medicine in collaboration with GW specialty colleagues has expanded its role and scope in point-of-care instruction at ACP's annual meeting. These ultrasound workshops provide focused didactic and hands-on training in common diagnostic and procedural applications, from pulmonary and abdominal to rheumatologic and musculoskeletal ultrasound for internists. We are proud that ACP recognizes the expertise in clinician-performed ultrasound that we are offering at GW MFA," said Keith Boniface, MD, Chief, Section of Emergency Ultrasound in the DEM.

About The GW MFA Department of Emergency Medicine's Section of Emergency Ultrasound
The Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University has been working since 1979 to expand the definition and scope of activity of Emergency Medicine practice, teaching and research. The Department's Section of Emergency Ultrasound provides an extensive series of educational activities including CME courses and fellowship training. More information is available at

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