To earn a Diagnostic POCUS Certificate of Completion, you will need to complete all five parts of the program within two years from the date of enrollment.
Part 1: Quality Improvement (QI) Action Plan
Create an action plan for improvement of your practice. Answer seven questions to help formulate your plan. After completing parts 2-4 of the program, complete a reflection and outcomes report to qualify for MOCA Part 4 points. Answer seven questions to report outcomes.
Parts 2, 3, and 4 may be performed concurrently.
Part 2: Evidence of Prior Diagnostic POCUS Training: Obtained from CME/Residency/Fellowship
Obtain a minimum of 10 CME credits or 10 hours of equivalent training obtained during residency/fellowship by selecting from a list of ASA-approved programs and uploading your certificates*. Access approved program list here.
Forms may be submitted by learners, organizations, and residency/fellowship programs for activities that were completed within the 5 full calendar years preceding the year of enrollment, and up to 24 months after the program enrollment date. For example, if a learner enrolled in the POCUS Certificate Program on March 1, 2021, credits would be eligible if they were earned between January 1, 2016 and March 1, 2023.
*Audits will be conducted on a random basis to verify legitimacy of certificates submitted toward minimum external training requirements.
Part 3: Image Interpretation Training: Online Case-Based Diagnostic POCUS Modules
Review 140 unique online cases—including 100 cardiac, 20 lung, and 20 gastric cases—complete with image clips, questions for interpretation, and detailed explanations with references for further reading.
The cases are designed to train you to identify and interpret normal and abnormal pathology. The abnormal pathology includes the range of cases relevant an anesthesiologist’s practice, including hypovolemia, cardiac dysfunction, pericardial and pleural effusions, pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, and empty vs. full stomach.
Part 4: Image Acquisition Training: Portfolio of Diagnostic POCUS Studies Performed
Demonstrate competence in image acquisition by submitting a diagnostic POCUS studies log that you performed, a subset of which needs to be reviewed by an approved local mentor or by ASA faculty.
- 30 lung ultrasounds
- 30 gastric ultrasounds
- 50 focused cardiac ultrasounds
Part 5: Take the Final Exam
Complete a 100-question timed final exam. The final exam is made up of four topic-focused sections to demonstrate knowledge of POCUS fundamentals, as well as cardiac, gastric, and lung image interpretation. Each section is timed to allow approximately 80 seconds per item and graded independently with a minimum passing score of 70%. Take each exam section separately or at different times. However, each section must be completed in one sitting for progress to be saved.
You will earn a digital badge for each section passed and marked complete. Digital badges recognize and validate your qualifications in each content area and can be downloaded and shared on LinkedIn or other platforms.
You will achieve a Diagnostic POCUS Certificate of Completion when you pass all four sections of the final exam by scoring 70% or higher. If you score below 70% and do not pass a section, you will not be able to access that exam section for one month before being able to try again and retake it. A maximum of three attempts to pass is permitted for each section of the exam.
Following three unsuccessful attempts on any given section, you will need to repurchase the program, re-enroll, and successfully complete the program to obtain the Diagnostic POCUS Certificate of Completion. CME credit and MOCA Part 4 points may still be claimed.
IMPORTANT: Learners may choose to take each exam section separately or at different times. However, each section must be completed in one sitting.
Additionally, all learners who have completed parts 1-4 are eligible to obtain 40 CME credits and 10 points of MOCA Part 4.