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American College of Surgeons Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound Skills-Oriented Course

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Registration has now closed for this course. Due to the nature of the workshop, onsite registration will not be available. For any questions, please contact the conference manager Gaelen Lombard at LombardG@ocme.ucsf.edu  

Department: Otolaryngology
Course Number: MMH13010
Start: Saturday, February 16, 2013
End: Sunday, February 17, 2013
Location: Moana Surfrider Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii

$1350 - ACS Fellows/ Physicians (FACS)
$1555 - Practicing Physicians non-FACS
$1555 - Allied Health Professionals
$675 - Resident and Associate Society Member
$775 - Residents but not Associate Society Member

This ultrasound course is offered in conjunction with the CME “Pacific Rim Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Update Conference” (MOT13006). To register for the Pac Oto course, please click here.



Prerequisite: Registrants must purchase and complete the CD-ROM course, “Ultrasound for Surgeons: The Basic Course.” The American College of Surgeons designates the CD-ROM educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

The CD-ROM is available for purchase online at www.facs.org in the ACS Publications and Services Catalog or http://www.softconference.com/acs/sessionDetail.asp?SID=1754583 

Registration cut-off date: 1/30/13

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The objective of this course is to introduce the practicing surgeon to office-based examination of the thyroid and parathyroid glands and related pathology. The distinction between normal and malignant lymphadenopathy will be emphasized with a demonstration of the comprehensive examination of lymph node basins in cervical zones I-VI. The process of ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) of thyroid nodules and enlarged lymph nodes will be demonstrated in didactic lecture format. In addition, the hands-on skill sessions allow the surgeon to learn varied techniques of FNA phantom models. The use of patient volunteers will allow supervised hands-on experience with transverse and longitudinal ultrasound methods. Participants will be instructed in the practical details and hurdles in developing office-based ultrasound, including credentialing and coding issues.

After completion of this course, the surgeon should be able to:

  • Select appropriate equipment for head/neck ultrasound;
  • Summarize general physics and principles of head/neck ultrasound;
  • Adjust ultrasound settings for head/neck ultrasound;
  • Describe the indications and goals for diagnostic head/neck ultrasound;
  • Describe the various positions of the patient, the examiner, and the ultrasound equipment for optimal performance of a diagnostic head/neck ultrasound;
  • Demonstrate the technique for performance of a diagnostic head/neck ultrasound;
  • Recognize the normal sonographic anatomy of the head/neck;
  • List and define the characteristics used to classify sonographically detected head/neck lesions as pathologic and/or benign versus malignant;
  • Identify ultrasonographically detectable pathologies of the head/neck;
  • Categorize head/neck masses according to their sonographically detected characteristics;
  • Describe the equipment required for performing interventional head/neck ultrasound procedures;
  • Describe the various positions of the patient used to perform interventional head/neck ultrasound procedures;
  • Describe the indications for ultrasound-guided FNA biopsy of head/neck lesions;
  • Describe the risks of interventional head/neck ultrasound procedures and measures to help avoid those risks;
  • Demonstrate satisfactory performance of an ultrasound-guided FNA biopsy using a phantom model;
  • Describe the procedure so that a patient can be fully informed about the risks and alternatives.

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The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 7 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Course Outline:

1:00 pm Registration

1:30 Introduction

1:40 Scanning Techniques and Normal Head and Neck
Ultrasound Anatomy

2:15 Physics and Principles of Head and Neck Ultrasound

3:15 Interventional Head and Neck Ultrasound

4:00 Interpretation of Thyroid and Parathyroid Ultrasound

4:45 Live Demonstration of Ultrasound Skills and
Office Based Ultrasound: Obstacles to Getting Started

5:00 pm Post Didactic Sessions Test and Adjourn


1:30 - 6:15 pm Hands-On Skills Station Modules

6:30 Submit Skills Station Report Cards and Evaluations

6:45 pm Adjourn

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Lisa A. Orloff, MD, FACS
Robert K. Werbe Distinguished Professor in
Head and Neck Cancer Chief,
Division of Head & Neck & Endocrine Surgery
Department of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

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Travel & Lodging:

Moana Surfrider Hotel
2365 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Hotel: (808) 922-3111
Reservations: (888) 625-5144
To reserve online, please visit this link

Hotel Rates
$245 Banyan City View
$270 Run of Ocean
$310 Tower Ocean View
Cutoff date: 1/15/13

Hertz is offering special rates for participants of this conference; simply call 800-654-2240 and refer to identification number #03BW0132 or call your travel agent. You may also make reservations at www.Hertz.com. Advance reservations are recommended.

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Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received in writing postmarked before December 14, 2012 will be refunded, less a $75 administrative fee. No refunds will be made on cancellations received after that date.

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