CME Offerings

POCUS in the Pines

Point-of-Care Ultrasound Lecture/Practice Series

What: Dr. Druschel is hosting an in-person (and virtual) ultrasound training course for anyone (medical students, residents, or providers) interested in learning point of care ultrasound. This course will give practical skills for patient care provided in primary care, urgent care, and even in hospital settings. You can commit to a one-day course or do a weekend event.

How: We will offer didactic sessions followed by hands-on training with live models.

Dates: Jan 15, 16, 17th, 2022, Feb 19, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 21, Oct 7, 8, 9th (See agenda for courses offered on each day. We offer two 3-day weekends to batch your courses, if desired. You don’t have to attend all 3 days in a row. They are separately accredited. You can mix/match any day. Sign up only for the dates you like.)

Time: 8am – 5pm (1-hour lunch break) on 8 credit hour days. 9am – 1pm on 4 credit hour days. 8am – 3pm (1-hour lunch break) on 6 credit hour days.

Registration here


  1. Intro to ultrasound / knobology and artifacts
  2. FAST exam and eFAST
  3. DVT rule out via extended compression ultrasound
  4. Lung
  5. Gallbladder
  6. IVC / AAA
  7. Basic OB ultrasound (fetal position, heart rate, AFI/Maximum Vertical Pocket, 1st/2nd/3rd trimester fetal basic body measurements)
  8. MSK Shoulder, Achilles, Biceps
  9. Injectables including Steroids, Platelet-Rich Plasma, Prolotherapy
  10. Ultrasound-Guided venous access
  11. Injection Guidance for Large and Small Joints, Tendons, and 4 Nerves

POCUS in the Pines Agenda

Full agenda for each day of the course and an expanded course objectives document is linked to this agenda for those who are interested.


Michael Druschel, MD is spearheading this course after his POCUS training across the last 9 years of hands-on practice. He is certified by as a generalist and has been scanning 365+ scans per year for the last 6 years. He is a family medicine physician and has worked with Butterfly Network as an advisor/researcher on the development of the iQ+ and various imaging modes as they roll out new products.


Remedy Direct Primary Care, LLC
1600 W University Ave, Suite 202
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Cost (see agenda below for more): 

  • Students – $15 per credit hour
  • Residents – $30 per credit hour
  • Providers – $60 per credit hour
CME AAFP Credit Approved

Intro to POCUS for the Urgent Care Patient Needs

  • Dates – Jan 15, 2022; Apr 23, 2022; Oct 7, 2022
  • Time  8am – 5pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • CME credit – 8 hours
  • Cost – $120 for students, $240 for residents, $480 for attendings (physicians/nurse practitioners/physician assistant)
  • Content – Knobology/artifacts, FAST, DVT, Lung, eFAST

Musculoskeletal POCUS Diagnostics and Injection Therapeutics

  • Dates – Jan 16, 2022; Mar 26, 2022; Oct 8, 2022
  • Time  8am – 5pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • CME credit – 8 hours
  • Cost – $120 for students, $240 for residents, $480 for attendings (physicians/nurse practitioners/physician assistant)
  • Content – Achilles, Biceps, Shoulder, Vascular Access, Injections

Basic Obstetrical Ultrasound for the Rural, Broad-Spectrum Family Physician

  • Dates – Jan 17, 2022; Oct 9, 2022
  • Time  9am – 1pm (no lunch break)
  • CME credit – 4 hours
  • Cost – $60 for students, $120 for residents, $240 for attendings (physicians/nurse practitioners/physician assistant)
  • Content – CRL, Gestational Sac, FHR, Femur/Humerus, Abdominal Circumference, BPD, Head Circumference, AFI/MVP (single deepest pocket), Positioning

Everyday Abdominal Ultrasound for the Bedside Physician in the Clinic or in the Hospital

  • Dates – Feb 19, 2022; May 21, 2022
  • Time  8am – 3pm (1-hour lunch break)
  • CME credit – 6 hours
  • Cost – $90 for students, $180 for residents, $360 for attendings (physicians/nurse practitioners/physician assistant)
  • Content – Gallbladder, IVC, Abdominal Aorta, Kidney, Bladder, Liver/Spleen Size

Will this course offer CME credits? 

  • Yes! “The AAFP has reviewed POCUS in the Pines, and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 01/15/2022 to 10/09/2022. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.”
  • “AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.”

Will I be able to use this in practice after this course?

  • Yes! You should definitely be able to use ultrasound for IV access, FAST exams, lung exams, etc. You will likely need more practice on shoulder exams. Dr. Druschel cannot guarantee competence in ultrasound-guided joint injections for deep/large joints but you should be competent enough to start trialing adding ultrasound to joints you would do without ultrasound until you gain more confidence.

Can I bill for ultrasound in my practice?

  • This depends on the insurances you contract with and the practice location. Dr. Druschel can give you some advice as he does have experience billing for ultrasound in private practice from Washington state. Comprehensive advice is not part of this course.

Is ultrasound better or worse than X-ray or CT scans?

  • Often, ultrasound can be superior to X-ray and similar to CT scans in terms of sensitivity or specificity. You’ll have to attend the course to get the details, you may be surprised at how sensitive ultrasound can be!

Is ultrasound dangerous to patients?

  • In general, the answer is no, but how we interpret imaging is where risk factors into the use of ultrasound. During the intro didactic, we will review ultrasound draw-backs, risks, etc.

Will you offer other training courses on ultrasound?

  • Dr. Druschel is exploring the interest for future courses which could cover AAA scans, bedside echo, thyroid, kidney/bladder, sinuses, ophthalmic, and other POCUS topics at a later time. We do not currently have plans to offer dates beyond those listed unless the participant is willing to waive CME accreditation.

Is there a deposit required upon registration?

  • Yes. We ask for a $50 security deposit charged to your credit card. We can refund this charge if your plans change and you notify us 30 days or more prior to the start of your course date. The $50 goes towards the cost of your course.