Ultrasound Made Easy - Bedside & Point of Care Video Course


Renowned instructor Dr. Jacquet illustrates core ultrasound concepts in a way that you will understand and remember.


Students and medical professionals in a variety of medical fields. Physicians, NPs, PAs, RTs, nurses, & technicians who seek clinical/ point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) to become a part of their practice. 

For those new to ultrasound, this course provides an excellent foundation prior to participating in hands-on training of specific exam techniques.

For those with prior ultrasound experience, this course provides a focused review of the core concepts needed to advance skills and understanding.

Learn the key elements of each ultrasound probe


  • An overview of ultrasound transducers and what they're used for
  • Key ultrasound terminology, orientation, imaging planes, and biosafety
  • Step by step illustrations of the nobs, dials, and modes of an ultrasound machine ("knobology")
  • Examples of various ultrasound artifacts that impact ultrasound images
  • How to handle an ultrasound transducer and set up the machine for your first ultrasound exam
  • Quiz questions after each video to reinforce essential concepts
  • Includes 4 CME (category 1), MOC Points, CE Credits 
  • 1 year of unlimited access, so you can review videos as needed (all MedCram courses are mobile/tablet friendly)

Start watching now (the first video & quiz is free).  This complete course and CME /CE credits are available with MedCram All-Access.


Course Contents
  • Introduction: Physics of Ultrasound Waves free trial
  • Quiz 1 free trial
  • Physics of Ultrasound in Tissue
  • Quiz 2
  • Ultrasound Transducers
  • Quiz 3
  • US Orientation and Imaging Planes free trial
  • Quiz 4
  • US Terminology & Biosafety
  • Quiz 5
  • US “Knobology” Part 1
  • Quiz 6
  • US “Knobology” Part 2
  • Quiz 7
  • Handling the US Transducer, US Modes (B- & M-)
  • Quiz 8
  • US Modes (C- & D-)
  • Quiz 9
  • US Artifacts Part 1
  • Quiz 10
  • US Artifacts Part 2
  • Quiz 11
  • Advances in Ultrasound Imaging
  • Quiz 12
  • Your First US Exam
  • Quiz 13
  • Recommended Readings
Post-Course Quiz (Required for CME/CRCE Credits)
  • Instructions
  • Post-Course Quiz
Optional: Receiving CRCE Contact Hours for this Course
  • Congratulations! Your CRCE Certificate
Congratulations! CME Certificate
  • Your CME Certificate

Course Overview

Ultrasound Principles and Instrumentation is a course designed to clarify, review, and augment the training and understanding of primary care clinicians in their understanding of point-of-care/clinical ultrasound. The modules in this course take a departure from the traditional slide presentation style lecture. Instead, the course is comprised of a series of video lectures aided by real-time instructor-led chalkboard visuals. This method of learning allows for the subject matter to be broken down to the basics and is designed to increase learning and retention. 

Many clinicians lack a clear understanding of point-of-care/clinical ultrasound. This course aims to improve their understanding of basic ultrasound physics and their clinical application; appropriate ultrasound modes, transducer, and machine settings for general ultrasound applications; common artifacts in ultrasound imaging; and advances in ultrasound imaging include harmonic imaging, compounding, and speckle reduction. This CME course will utilize a combination of videos, quizzes, supplemental readings, and systematic discussion of clinical scenarios and practice cases to effectively deliver the course content. 


Course Objectives:


As a result of this educational activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Describe basic ultrasound physics and their clinical applications. 

  • Select the appropriate ultrasound mode, transducer, and machine settings for general ultrasound applications. 

  • Recognize the common artifacts found in ultrasound imaging. 

  • List some advances in ultrasound imaging including harmonic imaging, compounding, and speckle reduction. 


Post-Test and Evaluation:


After completing the CME activity, you must successfully complete a post-test and fill out a program evaluation form. You will then be able to view and print your CME certificate.



Joshua Jacquet, MD

Emergency Ultrasound Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General, Akron, OH

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University

Board Certified in Emergency Medicine 

Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS)

Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP)



 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™: 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 Continuing Education Company, Inc. and MedCram, LLC. Continuing Education Company, Inc. (CEC) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


Continuing Education Company, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


ABIM MOC: Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 4 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.


To receive CME credit and/or MOC points, you MUST complete the activity and the evaluation form. For ABIM MOC points, your information will be shared with the ABIM through the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please allow 6-8 weeks for your MOC points to appear on your ABIM records.


AAPA: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 4 hours of Category I credit for completing this activity.


AANPCB: The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.


Release Date: 12/9/2021

Expiration Date: 12/9/2024 (Date after which this enduring material is no longer certified for credit.)

     Medium: Enduring Material, Video/Audio


Faculty/Planning Committee Disclosures

Review Committee:


The following individuals have indicated that he/she (nor spouse/partner) have no relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest that may impact upon this CME activity:

  • Beth Townsend – Reviewer (Continuing Education Company)

  • Joshua Jacquet, MD- Faculty

  • Kyle Allred, PA – Planner & Content Developer (MedCram)


Faculty Disclosures:


Joshua Jacquet, MD (Faculty) has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Unlabeled Use Declaration:


During their presentation, faculty may discuss unlabeled or investigational use which is not approved for a commercial product. Faculty members are required to disclose this information to the audience when referring to an unlabeled or investigational use.


Statement of Disclosure and Independence:


It is the policy of Continuing Education Company (CEC) to ensure all of its accredited educational activities are designed, implemented, and evaluated in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s (ACCME) Criteria and Policies. In accordance with ACCME requirements, CEC has Conflict of Interest (COI) and Disclosure Policies that are designed to ensure that accredited educational activities are fair, balanced, independent, evidence-based, and based on scientific rigor.


All individuals who are in position to influence and/or control content of a CEC accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) activity must disclose any relevant financial interest or other relationships which they or their spouse/partner have with (a) with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products(s) and/or provider(s) of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and (b) with any commercial supporters of the activity. (Relevant financial interest or other relationship includes such things as grants or research support, employee, consultant, major stockholder, member of speakers’ bureau, etc.) The intent of this disclosure is to provide activity participants with information to determine whether the speaker’s interests or relationships may influence the presentation with regard to exposition or conclusions. All potential conflicts of interest have been identified and resolved, and are listed above.


The opinions, ideas, recommendations, and perspectives expressed in the syllabus and accompanying presentations at this activity are those of the program authors and presenting faculty only and do not necessarily reflect the opinions, ideas, recommendations or perspectives of their affiliated institutions, Continuing Education Company, advisory boards or consultants.


Computer Requirements

Flash Player 10 or later, and one of the following browsers:

  •  Windows: Internet Explorer 6 and later, Microsoft Edge (latest version), Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version), Opera 9.5 and later

  •  Mac: Safari 3 and later, Firefox 1.x and later, Google Chrome (latest version)

  •  Linux: Firefox 1.x and later

HTML5 via one of the following browsers:

  •  Windows: Google Chrome (latest version)

  •  Mac: Safari 6.0.5 or later, Google Chrome (latest version)

 Mobile: Safari in Apple iOS 6 or later





    ASHLEY LOWELL (NP Student)

    Informative and well taught







    Very good overview. I have taken several US courses but this explained concepts I never understood before

Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.   Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS) and Emergency Ultrasound Director at Cleveland Clinic Akron General. Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).

Learn more about Joshua here

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