CPoCUS Tracks

Internal Medicine (IM)

This advanced track is for Internal Medicine clinicians who manage patients with cardio-pulmonary pathologies

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This advanced curriculum teaches clinicians POCUS skills for managing patients with cardio-pulmonary pathologies. It includes protocols for image generation, image identification, and clinical integration. All examination questions are based on the curriculum.



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Advanced skills for certification

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The following IM courses are offered by independent organizations

(listed alphabetically A-Z)

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How to get certified
as an Independent Practitioner (IP)

IP candidate completes a CPoCUS-accredited IM introductory course

IP candidate completes logged scan requirements supervised by an IM Track Instructor

IP candidate passes three examinations with an IM Track Instructor

IM Track Instructor submits an IP request for the IP candidate

IP candidate pays one-time certificate fee to finalize IP certification

IP candidate receives IM IP certificate with IP number

Brief overview of certification examinations

You must be a CPoCUS member to attempt any examination

All examination questions are based on the curriculum

Written examination assesses knowledge base.

The Written exam is conducted on a computer (one examiner supervises many candidates).

Pass score of 85%.

The Written exam is an online, multiple choice, closed book examination with 20-80 questions. If the candidate fails the first attempt, they receive a report detailing incorrect answers. Candidates may re-write the examination the next day.

Visual examination assesses image interpretation and ability to integrate POCUS findings into clinical care.

The Visual exam is conducted on a computer (one examiner supervises one candidate).

Pass score of 85%.

The Visual exam uses an online interactive video presentation. The examiner asks the candidate to interpret images and videos, and incorporate findings into case scenarios.

Practical examination assesses image generation.

The Practical exam is conducted on a standardized patient (one examiner supervises one candidate).

Pass score of 100%.

The Practical exam is an in-person scanning examination. The examiner uses a detailed checklist of essential techniques to assess the candidate. 

The candidate should perform the techniques without hesitation and without prompting from the examiner. 


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Earn CME credits while reviewing the IM curriculum

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