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  • Overview

    Do you want to learn how to use ultrasound to help your patients? Then come to the 2018 SEMPA Ultrasound Course in Jacksonville, Florida! But hurry! Space is limited for this course and sells out fast.  

    The 2018 SEMPA Ultrasound Course will be February 22-23 at the University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research in sunny Jacksonville, Florida.

    The course will provide point-of-care ultrasound training to physician assistants working in emergency medicine. Focused, goal-directed ultrasound will be performed to answer a specific clinical question, which could change the next step in patient care. The course will also include didactic lectures, case presentations and hands-on skills labs to allow participants to use ultrasound machines on both live human and simulation models.

    The 2018 SEMPA Ultrasound will be directed by Petra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS, Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida-Jacksonville, College of Medicine.

    The course objectives and topics covered are:



    To introduce the participant to the use of focused point of care ultrasound through didactic lectures, case presentations and hands on ultrasound scan sessions. The focus will be on emergency medicine applications, specifically the 10 core EM modalities as recommended by the American College of Emergency Physicians 2008 guidelines, and will include new emerging scan protocols. that have been shown to improve patient care and throughput.

    Topics to include:   

      • Ultrasound Physics and Knobology
      • The Extended FAST Exam
      • Renal Ultrasound
      • Biliary Ultrasound
      • Aorta Ultrasound
      • Cardiac and Inferior Vena Cava Ultrasound
      • Thoracic Ultrasound
      • Pelvic Ultrasound
      • Lower Extremity Deep Vein Ultrasound
      • Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue Ultrasound
      • Ocular Ultrasound
      • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
        • Central venous catheters
        • Peripheral IVs
        • Lumbar puncture
        • Thoracentesis
        • Paracentesis
        • Arthrocentesis
        • Abscess drainage and foreign body removal
        • Nerve blocks

    Educational materials including handouts, image case review files, and quick reference scan cards will be made available to all participants two weeks prior to the course.

    The University of Florida Center for Simulation Education and Safety Research is located within a large facility spanning approximately 24,000 square feet and is divided into three areas in the Pavilion building on the UF Health Jacksonville campus. The Main Simulation and Conference/Instruction Area is a 7,000 square-foot area that was once a working hospital emergency department. The area is supported by an additional 800 square-foot conference and instructional area.



  • Course Schedule

    Day 1 - February 22

    Time Topic
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m.   Registration and breakfast    
    8:00 – 8:10 a.m.   Introduction & Course Overview
    8:10 – 8:55 a.m.   Becoming One with the Machine: Ultrasound physics and knobology
    8:55 – 9:40 a.m.   The FAST and the Furious: Ultrasound use in Trauma
    9:40 – 10:25 a.m.   Hands on skills lab: E-FAST
    10:25 - 10:40 a.m. BREAK with snacks and drinks
    10:40 – 11:25 a.m.   Unmasking Abdominal Pain: Renal, Gallbladder and Aorta Ultrasound
    11:25 – 12:15 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: Renal, GB, Aorta
    12:15 – 1:30 p.m.   LUNCH and Ultrasound Image Review  
    1:30 – 2:15 p.m.   Scanning Under the Surface: Soft Tissue and Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
     2:15 – 3:00 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: Soft Tissue and MSK
    3:00 - 3:15 p.m. BREAK with snacks and drinks
    3:15 – 4:05 p.m.   Seeing is Believing: Ultrasound Guided Procedures
     4:05 – 5:20 p.m.   Hands on skills lab: ultrasound guided procedures
    • Vascular access
    • Thoracentesis/paracentesis
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Nerve blocks
    • Abscess drainage/foreign body removal
    5:20 – 5:30 p.m.   Wrap up and QA

    Day 2 - February 23

    Time Topic
    7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast     
    8:00 – 8:10 a.m. Orientation, Day 2
    8:10 – 9:10 a.m. Heart to Heart: Cardiac and IVC ultrasound can save your patient!
    9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Hands on skills lab: Cardiac and IVC
    10:20 - 10:35 a.m. BREAK with snacks and drinks
    10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Demystifying Pelvic Ultrasound: incorporating ultrasound into your practice
    11:20 – 12:05 p.m. Hands on skills lab: pelvic
    12:05 – 1:20 p.m. LUNCH and Ultrasound Tips and Tricks  
    1:20 – 2:05 p.m. I Didn’t know you could Ultrasound That!: Ocular, ENT and DVT, etc
    2:05 – 2:50 p.m.

    Hands on skills lab: Ocular, ENT and DVT

    2:50 - 3:05 p.m. BREAK with snacks and drinks
    3:05 – 3:50 p.m. Critical Care Ultrasound: cases that will save a life!
    3:50 – 4:40 p.m. Hands on skills lab: Critical Care
    4:40 – 5:15 p.m. Wheel of Fortune: participant's choice scan time
    5:15 – 5:30 p.m. Wrap up and Q&A
    5:30 p.m. Course Adjournment
  • Faculty

    Duran-GehringPetra Duran-Gehring, MD, RDMS
    Director of Emergency Ultrasound
    Associate Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine- Jacksonville

    After completion of medical school at Louisiana State University Health Science Center- New Orleans and an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Florida- Jacksonville. Dr. Duran-Gehring worked in community practice in Northern California, witnessing the impact of point-of-care ultrasound first hand. She then returned to her alma mater as faculty to spread the gospel of point-of-care ultrasound. She achieved certification through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and has created the ultrasound program for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She has lectured nationally and has a passion for medical education, as evidenced by numerous teaching awards. When not teaching ultrasound, she loves spending time with her husband and three little boys.

    ShannonAndrew Shannon, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine - Jacksonville. 

    Fellowship-trained in Emergency Ultrasound w/ interest in graduate medical education, international emergency medicine and public health, and wilderness and austere medicine.  Dr. Shannon has lectured and facilitated workshops on emergency medicine ultrasound and procedures both nationally and internationally, and has twice attended Comic-Con San Diego.  He tweets sporadically at @AShannonMD.

    schmidtAndrew Schmidt, DO, MPH

    Deputy Medical Director, Trauma One
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville

    Dr Schmidt is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with a specific focus in pre-hospital medicine. Additionally, he serves as Deputy Medical Director for the Trauma One Flight service.  His primary area of interest in teaching and research is drowning resuscitation.

    sherifalliSinem Sherifalli, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville

    S. Sherifali, M.D. is an Assistant Professor at UF Health Jacksonville and is the Director of the Critical Care/Resuscitation Rotation for the residency program.  Her main areas of interest are the utilization of point of care ultrasound, mainly the RUSH and FAST exams in the diagnosis and management of the critically ill patient.  She obtained her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean and completed her residency at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit, MI.  In her spare time she enjoys kickboxing and traveling the world. 

    bonifaceMichael Boniface, MD

    Clinical Instructor
    Senior Associate Consultant
    Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL

    Michael Boniface, M.D., is a clinical instructor and senior associate consultant in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.  A graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine, he went on to complete his residency and serve as chief resident at Duke University before returning to UF for a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound.  Within his current institution he serves in the role of Director of Emergency Ultrasound.  He co-chairs the education subcommittee of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound within the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and is a regular contributor to the ACEP ultrasound newsletter.  He is a national speaker on ultrasound education across medical specialties and his research interests include novel educational curricula and quality improvements utilizing bedside sonography. 

  • Registration Fees

    SEMPA member: $975
    Non-member: $1,275
    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Fellow Membership:
    (Fellows must be a certified EMPA)  
    Registration with 1 Year SEMPA Associate Membership:
    (Associates would be NPs, MDs. EMTs, etc.)  


    Cancellations submitted in writing - via mail or e-mail at sempa@sempa.org - and received on or before Tuesday, January 30, 2018, will receive a refund of fees paid less a $50 cancellation fee. No telephone cancellations will be accepted.

    No refunds will be made for cancellation requests on or after Wednesday, January 31, 2018. No exceptions will be made.

  • Hotel


    Omni Jacksonville Hotel

    245 Water Street 
    Jacksonville, Florida 32202 

    $159 per night 

    Make your hotel reservations here. You can only get the $159 hotel room rate by clicking through from here to the SEMPA page on the Omni site. They will not give you the $159 rate if you go straight to their website or call the hotel directly.

    For Ultrasound Course attendees that are staying at the Omni, SEMPA is providing shuttle transportation from the Omni to the course facility. You must be booked into the Omni to take advantage of this service.  

    Located just steps from the St. John’s Riverwalk, the Omni Jacksonville Hotel is situated in the heart of downtown and less than three (3) miles from where the SEMPA Ultrasound Course will be held.

    Hotel Highlights:

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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 the American College of Emergency Physicians and the Society of Emergency Medicine Physician Assistants. American College of Emergency Physicians is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Emergency Physicians designates this live activity for a maximum of 16.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 16.75 hour(s) of ACEP Category 1 credit.