Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Rheumatologists: Beginner and Intermediate Levels
March 19 - 20, 2016
6th Floor, Joseph and Nancy Errico Learning Center
333 East 38th street
New York, NY 10016
*After 12 pm on March 17, 2016, only onsite registration is available, provided the course has not reached capacity. Onsite registrants will incur an additional $20 fee. Registration is non-transferable.
Jonathan Samuels, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
NYU School of Medicine
New York, NY
Reduced Fee*: $750
**Reduced fee applies to NYU School of Medicine alumni, former residents and fellows; -physicians employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center; full-time active military personnel; nurse practitioners; retired physicians; and all other non-physician healthcare professionals.
Rheumatologists and other health care professionals working in the field of rheumatology
The use of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) has increased amongst rheumatologists in the United States over the last 5 years, but we still trail Europeans and others in this regard. MSKUS complements the physical examination by allowing for superior visualization of synovitis and erosive changes compared to conventional radiography, and provides detail comparable or supplementary to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This modality is also less expensive than MRI and CT scans, without the claustrophobia or other contraindications, while uniquely providing dynamic—rather than static—imaging. While MSKUS enhances our diagnostic and prognostic abilities in the clinics and at the bedside, rheumatologists skilled in MSKUS can also aspirate/inject hips and posterior knees (Baker’s cysts) and improve the accuracy/success of other routine injections. A growing body of literature for MSKUS in RA, gout and other diseases is contributing significantly to the understanding of diagnostic and prognostic utility, longitudinal assessment, and disease remission. Furthermore, scoring systems focusing on the patient level rather than individual joint have been developed, allowing for simplification of exams while still retaining accuracy and utility. Despite all of this, relatively few rheumatologists have received training to use this modality. There are very few MSKUS courses focused on the needs of rheumatologists and the patients and problems that they see. We feel that there is a significant need on a regional and national level for a beginner’s course for rheumatologists and associated health care professionals.
Statement of Need
According to the literature, MSKUS complements the physical examination by allowing for superior visualization of synovitis and erosive changes compared to conventional radiography, and provides detail comparable or supplementary to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This modality is also less expensive than MRI and CT scans, without the claustrophobia or other contraindications, while uniquely providing dynamic – rather than static – imaging. Rheumatologists need to be aware of the diagnostic and prognostic abilities of ultrasound. They need to be able to comfortably handle the ultrasound probe and be able to use it to locate and recognize normal anatomy and pathology. According to the peer-reviewed literature, MSKUS improves the accuracy and efficacy of joint aspirations and injections. Rheumatologist need to be trained to use MSKUS for joint aspirations and injections.
After participating in this activity, clinicians should be able to:
- Compare the efficacy of MSKUS techniques to conventional radiography and select the best diagnostic and treatment modalities to treat their patients.
- Demonstrate the correct way to handle the ultrasound probe and locate and recognize normal anatomy and pathology in each of the joints using musculoskeletal ultrasound.
- Utilize ultrasound to track needles into joints and bursae by both indirect and direct guidance.
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Credit Designation Statement
The NYU Post-Graduate Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
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Course Cancellation Policy
If a course is cancelled due to inclement weather, insufficient enrollment, or any other reason, NYU PGMS will refund registration fees in full. NYU PGMS will provide at least two weeks’ advance notice if cancelling due to insufficient enrollment and as soon as possible in all other circumstances. NYU PGMS is not responsible for any airfare, hotel, or other non-cancellable costs incurred by the registrant.