Ultrasound Education

Courses and Seminars

Ultrasound, as a safe, effective and affordable imaging tool, increasingly provides visualization to augment procedures in a wide variety of medical settings. For example, during surgery, ultrasound helps locate structures and assess the adequacy of repairs. At the bedside, ultrasound helps improve efficiency and reduces errors when inserting central lines. The emerging technique of elastography uses ultrasound to identify less-elastic tissue that could be a tumor, and ultrasound scans can assess musculoskeletal damage, such as that risked by athletes, quickly and frequently without exposing subjects to radiation.

The Program for Medical Ultrasound is actively engaged in these advances in ultrasound. Watch for future courses to include interventional and bedside applications, as well as emerging technologies.

Target Audience

Physician and non-physician allied health professionals may attend any single course or groups of courses to gain knowledge in performing and interpreting ultrasound examinations. (Note the non-physician prerequisites below.)


Each course is conducted in the Program for Medical Ultrasound of Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Leaders in each specialized area of ultrasound present all lectures. Scanning laboratories are equipped with systems from leading manufacturers and are used in instructional scanning sessions, with patients and volunteers as subjects. Attendance is limited to ensure adequate hands-on practicum.

Overall Objectives

At the conclusion of each continuing medical education activity, the participant should be better able to:

  • Impart in lecture and discussion formats and in scanning and problem sessions, clinical and technical ultrasound knowledge and skills.
  • Present and practice reading and interpretation of ultrasound images and information.
  • Compare and relate ultrasound knowledge and skills with peers.

Important Note: These short-term courses do not constitute comprehensive ultrasound training leading to proficiency, which takes several months to accomplish. They are regarded as continuing medical education; they serve to update the physician on current techniques and clinical applications, and act as an introductory complement to the sonographer’s supervised, clinical on-the-job ultrasound training.

Prerequisites for Non-physicians

  • Completed training and one year of experience in an allied health profession including sonography, radiologic technology, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, vascular technology, respiration therapy or nursing; OR
  • BS degree with a major in a biological science and one year of experience in allied health.


The Wake Forest School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Sonographers may apply credits toward meeting CME requirements for the ARDMS®.

Learn more about our courses or partnering with the Program for Medical Ultrasound at +1.336.716.4505 or cmu@wakehealth.edu.

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