Clinical Procedures Workshops

Ultrasound of the Liver, Gallbladder, Spleen and Peritoneal Cavity with Online Module (Flipped Classroom)

You will emerge understanding how to operate typical point-of-care ultrasound equipment, obtain diagnostic quality images of the organs concerned, distinguish normal from abnormal and be able to recognize when further consultation is indicated. Recommendations and resources for further study will also be provided. 

You will be expected to scan each other and should dress accordingly. 

Experience a unique flipped classroom educational format. First, watch an online CME video module at your convenience. Once on site at FMX, attend the associated Clinical Procedures Workshop. Earn CME for both the online module and onsite workshop.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

12:45 - 5:00 p.m. (CME437) or

Saturday, October 13, 2018

7:30 - 11:45 a.m. (CME438)


By completing the online module before you arrive at FMX, you will be able to:

  • Describe the patient positioning and acoustic windows for sonographic examination of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and peritoneal cavity.
  • Recognize the normal sonographic appearance of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and peritoneal cavity.
  • Recognize common sonographic abnormalities of the liver, gallbladder, spleen and peritoneal cavity.

From attending the workshop at FMX, you will be able to:

  • Identify gallstones, gallbladder wall edema, dilated intra-hepatic bile ducts, ascites and obvious liver parenchymal lesions such as metastases.
  • Explain the principles of ultrasound-guided paracentesis on simple phantoms 
  • Scan the porta hepatis and be able to identify the portal vein.
  • Identify when the liver, gallbladder and spleen have NOT been adequately imaged.


Reminder: Completion of the online video module is a pre-requisite for attending the interactive workshop on site at FMX. Registrants for the workshop will receive an email in September when the module is available to watch.


If you have already registered for the 2018 AAFP FMX, simply return to your confirmation page or call (800) 274-2237 to register for this course.