ObGyn Ultrasound Hands-On Workshop February 10, 2018

Individualized hands on scanning instruction at our facility in North Carolina.

Instructed by: Julie Gaston, Bill Shepherd

Course Description

Sonosession in partnership with Mint Medical Education have combined hands on scanning sessions with online lectures, video and case study reviews to provide a comprehensive approach to learning OB GYN ultrasound.

Students will receive immediate access to online lectures to watch at their convenience before the hands on session. These lectures include foundational information in ultrasound physics, anatomy, scanning technique, pathology and terminology. Access to these lectures will be for one year.

The hands on scanning session will take place at our Asheville, NC training center. All scanning sessions include first through third trimester patients. Transvaginal scanning on actual patients is included. We do have a phantom for practice but we feel that scanning on live patients provides the most benefit in learning the technique for endovaginal ultrasound. We cover the first trimester exam including CRL measurements, M-mode, uterine position, ovaries and adnexa. The second trimester exam review depends on class demand. Third trimester growth, biophysical, AFI, cervical length, and placenta location are included.

Course Objectives

  • Recognize basic ultrasound artifacts
  • Discover common pathology and limitations of ultrasound
  • Perform a basic non-gravid ultrasound exam
  • Identify the uterus, ovaries, endometrium and cervix
  • Identify an intrauterine pregnancy and measure the crown rump length
  • Acquire an M-mode tracing of the fetal heart
  • Perform a biophysical profile
  • Measure the biparietal diameter, head circumference, abdominal circumference, and femur length for growth assessment
  • Measure the amniotic fluid
  • Identify the cervix and placental location
  • Communicate in a culturally-sensitive manner to patients who refuse transvaginal ultrasounds and discuss available alternatives

CME Credits

CME Consultants designates this enduring material/internet activity for a maximum of
6 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ total (credits are granted for online materials only). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The presentational method for this activity will be video presentation of Lecture, Case Study Review, Hands-on Demonstration, Simulated or Live Patient, and Lab Exercises. This activity is geared to meet the educational requirements of OB/GYN and Primary Care Physicians as well as Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants. This activity will encompass the following desirable physician attributes: Patient Care & Procedural Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, and Practice-Based Learning & Improvement.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) through the joint-providership of CME Consultants and Mint Medical Education. CME Consultants is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education to physicians.

CME Consultants designates this enduring material/internet activity for a maximum of 18.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This credit may also be applied to the CMA Certification in Continuing Medical Education.


    About the Instructor

    Julie Gaston


    Julie Gaston (BS, RDMS, RVT) graduated from McNeese State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Radiology. She received her ultrasound education at the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics. She has been in the field for 20 years and in that time has managed departments, traveled the country scanning, and started OnSite Ultrasound which was acquired by Mint Medical Education in 2012. She directed the ultrasound education department of Mint. There she created ultrasound educational lectures and videos. She led teams in the creation of application videos for equipment manufacturers including Philips, Zonare, and Mindray. She created custom courses for corporate clients and produced education videos for device manufacturers. She wrote blogs for social media and facilitated MMETV where professionals could share information. She lectured and led hands on scanning workshops.

    While Julie teaches general and vascular ultrasound, her passion is in OB. She worked at the University of San Francisco Prenatal Diagnosis Center and has co-authored a text book entitled, “The Complete Guide to Ultrasound for Nurse Midwives.” She is passionate about advancing the use of ultrasound in medicine, responsibly. She has created courses for medical professionals that allows their clinical knowledge to merge with imaging knowledge.

    Bill Shepherd

    Ph.D., RVT, RDMS

    Bill Shepherd has been in the field of ultrasound for over 30 years. He has a Ph.D. in embryology and is registered in vascular, abdominal, OB-GYN, and neuro-sonography. He was a scientist at the Institute for Cancer Research and an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics. Bill later taught ultrasound as a clinical instructor and as an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.

    He is a part-time sonographer and a visiting faculty member at the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Educational Institute. Bill has written books about ultrasound, several research papers, and chapters in ultrasound textbooks. His interests lie in obstetric and vascular sonography as well as ultrasound physics.

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