American Urological Association - Hands-on Urologic Ultrasound


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Hands-on Urologic Ultrasound


Maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Live Course

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Glendale, CA
January 31, 2018

Course Location

January 31, 2018
USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
Glendale, CA

Course Director

Frederick Anthony Gulmi, MD

Course Faculty 

Majid Eshghi, MD
Pat F. Fulgham, MD
Christopher R. Porter, MD

Target Audience

This one day course is designed for urologists and urology residents.

Course Description

Course Purpose        

Urologists have an established history of the use of ultrasound in clinical practice. The availability of affordable, high-quality ultrasound instruments has permitted urologists to add renal, scrotal and bladder examinations to transrectal ultrasound of the prostate as part of the office practice of urology. Image-guided treatments such as cryotherapy and brachytherapy of the prostate and ablative therapies of renal tumors are also ultrasound dependent. Medicare utilization data demonstrates that urologists perform more residual urine determinations by ultrasound, scrotal ultrasound and renal ultrasound than any other specialist.

This course is designed to provide urologists and urology residents with the knowledge and basic skills necessary for performing urologic ultrasound. This one-day offering combines online training and testing (pre-course) with on-site, hands-on instruction in kidney, bladder and scrotal ultrasound. Participants are evaluated by didactic testing and direct observation by faculty members to determine if they have met the course objectives. Attendees who demonstrate the hands-on skills and who pass the didactic tests will receive a CME Level 2 certificate. Proficiency and facility in performing specific ultrasound examinations will be achieved by subsequently applying these acquired skills in clinical practice.

With the establishment of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Accreditation Program for Ultrasound in the Practice of Urology, the AUA Hands-On Urologic Ultrasound courses provide an avenue for urologists to meet the training guidelines for the performance of ultrasound in the practice of urology.

Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Apply the physical principles of ultrasonography to urologic ultrasound
  • Employ the various ultrasound probes and machine settings to optimize imaging
  • Describe the indications for ultrasound for the kidney, bladder, scrotum, and prostate
  • Identify normal ultrasound anatomy and the most common abnormal findings of the kidney, bladder, scrotum and prostate
  • Successfully perform and document examinations of the kidneys, bladder, scrotum and prostate

Scientific Program Schedule

7:00 - 7:30 amBreakfast and Registration
7:30 – 7:40 amWelcome and Introductions
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
7:40 - 7:50 amARS Pre-Test
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
7:50 - 8:25 amScanning Technique/Knobology
Pat F. Fulgham, MD
8:25 - 8:40 amBladder Ultrasound Protocol
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
8:40 - 9:00 amRenal Ultrasound Protocol
Majid Eshghi, MD
9:00 - 9:10 amUltrasound and Pregnancy 
Majid Eshghi, MD
9:10 - 9:20 amBreak
9:20 ‐ 10:20 amBladder Ultrasound Hands-on Instruction and Testing
All Faculty
10:20 am - 12:15 pmRenal Ultrasound Hands-on Instruction and Testing
All Faculty
12:15 - 1:15 pm Lunch with the Faculty
1:15 - 1:35 pmScrotal Ultrasound Protocol
Pat F. Fulgham, MD
1:35 - 2:50 pmScrotal Ultrasound Hands-on Instruction and Testing
All Faculty
2:50 - 3:10 pmProstate Ultrasound Protocol
Christopher R. Porter, MD
3:10 - 3:30 pmProstate Ultrasound Hands-on Instruction and Testing
All Faculty
3:30 - 3:40 pmBreak
3:40 - 4:00 pmAIUM Certification
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
4:00 - 4:50 pmUltrasound: Coding and Documentation
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
4:50 - 5:00 pmARS Post-test
Frederick A. Gulmi, MD
5:00 pmCourse Concludes

Course Registration Fees

 Early Bird RegistrationStandard Registration
On or before December 13, 2017On or after December 14, 2017
AUA Member$1,950$2,340

Registration includes the following online videos with posttests which must be completed prior to attending the course:

BUUONL2011 (Basic Urological Ultrasound Online)
ULTONL08-MG (Ultrasound of the Male Genitalia Online)
ULTONL08-KB (Ultrasound of the Kidneys and Bladder Online)
ULTONL08-TR (Ultrasound of the Prostate Online)

Register early!

Cancellation Policy

Live Course: An administrative fee of 15% is assessed if registration is cancelled up to six weeks prior to the course. If registration is cancelled four to six weeks from the course, the cancellation fee is 50% of the registration fee paid. No registration fees will be refunded less than four weeks prior to the course.

AUA Education & Research reserves the right to cancel this course if a minimum enrollment is not reached before December 27, 2017. If AUA Education & Research cancels this course, registration fees will be refunded in full and notification will be sent by January 3, 2018.

Cancellations must be made in writing. Requests may be made via mail or fax to 410-689-3912. Questions? Call 1-800-908-9414 or email

Course Location/Hotel Information

The AUA recommends that you register for the course BEFORE making travel arrangements. Once the meeting capacity is reached, which may be prior to the early-bird date, the AUA is unable to guarantee a spot in the course.

Course Location

USC Verdugo Hills Hospital
1812 Verdugo Blvd. 
Glendale, CA 91028

Hotel Information

If you are attending the USC Institute of Urology's L.A. Live Practical Urology conference, please visit their website to book at one of their recommended hotels. Taxis are available at these hotels to transport you to the AUA Hands-On course location.

Nearby hotels to the AUA course at Verdugo Hills Hospital include:

Hilton Los Angeles North/Glendale & Executive Meeting Center
100 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91202
(818) 956-5466

Residence Inn
21 W Walnut St, Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 204-9220

The Westin Pasadena
191 N Los Robles Ave, Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 792-2727

The above hotels are within a 15 minute taxi ride to the AUA course location, and taxis are available to take attendees to the course location.  


Call 1-800-908-9414 or email

CME and Disclosure Information


The American Urological Association (AUA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

The American Urological Association designates this live activity and enduring material for a maximum of 15.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Other Learners

The AUA is not accredited to offer credit to participants who are not MDs or DOs. However, the AUA will issue documentation of participation that states that the activity was certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Evidence Based Content

It is the policy of the AUA to ensure that the content contained in this CME activity is valid, fair, balanced, scientifically rigorous, and free of commercial bias.

AUA Disclosure Policy

All persons in a position to control the content of an educational activity (i.e., activity planners, presenters, authors) participating in an educational activity provided by the AUA are required to disclose to the provider any relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The AUA must determine if the individual's relationships may influence the educational content and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the commencement of the educational activity. The intent of this disclosure is not to prevent individuals with relevant financial relationships from participating, but rather to provide learners information with which they can make their own judgments.

Resolution of Identified Conflict of Interest

All disclosures will be reviewed by the program/course directors or editors for identification of conflicts of interest. Peer reviewers, working with the program directors and/or editors, will document the mechanism(s) for management and resolution of the conflict of interest and final approval of the activity will be documented prior to implementation. Any of the mechanisms below can/will be used to resolve conflict of interest:

  • Peer review for valid, evidence-based content of all materials associated with an educational activity by the course/program director, editor, and/or Education Content Review Committee or its subgroup.
  • Limit content to evidence with no recommendations
  • Introduction of a debate format with an unbiased moderator (point-counterpoint)
  • Inclusion of moderated panel discussion
  • Publication of a parallel or rebuttal article for an article that is felt to be biased
  • Limit equipment representatives to providing logistics and operation support only in procedural demonstrations
  • Divestiture of the relationship by faculty

Off-label or Unapproved Use of Drugs or Devices

It is the policy of the AUA to require the disclosure of all references to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices prior to the presentation of educational content. The audience is advised that this continuing medical education activity may contain reference(s) to off-label or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please consult the prescribing information for full disclosure of approved uses.

Attendee Information and Policies


The opinions and recommendations expressed by faculty, authors and other experts whose input is included in this program are their own and do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of the American Urological Association (AUA). 

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Audio, Video, Photographic Equipment

The use of audio, video and other photographic recording equipment by attendees is prohibited inside AUA meeting rooms.

Reproduction Permission

Reproduction of written materials developed for this AUA course is prohibited without the written permission from individual authors and the AUA.

Special Assistance/Dietary Needs

The AUA complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act §12112(a). If any participant is in need of special assistance or has any dietary restrictions, please see the registration desk.