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Hospital Medicine Faculty Development Series: Cardiac POCUS

Dr. Haughey describes the role of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in inpatient medical practice. He demonstrates how to obtain the common cardiac views in the parasternal, apical and subxiphoid windows and highlights normal anatomy in each view. He also demonstrates how to visually estimate systolic function, detect a pericardial effusion, and right ventricular enlargement. Lastly, he describes how to perform an ultrasound exam of the inferior vena cava and incorporate these findings into a clinical volume assessment.

Activity Details
Start Date:  November 12, 2020
End Date:  November 12, 2023
  • David Haughey, MD, Section of Hospital Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine, Core Faculty Dartmouth-Hitchcock Internal Medicine Residency Program, Director of POCUS Education and Training for Internal Medicine Training Program, Almy Clinical Scholar

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Learning Outcome(s)

At the conclusion of this learning activity, participants will be able to apply recent evidence for the use of Cardiac POCUS during the interpretation of cardiac ultrasound images including normal and pathologic findings of conditions encountered in hospitalist practice.


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