Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME Course

CME Online Course

Online Course: 16 hours CME credit

Live Hands-On CME Course

One day course: 10.0 hours CME credit

Two day course: 20.0 hours CME credit​

Self-Study How, When, and Where You Want


The Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures Online CME course, 4th Edition is an Internet Online CME curriculum that will provide current, evidence-based information about the 20 most common bedside procedures performed in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and hospital wards. The Online CME course was completely updated in 2024 and is geared towards Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Students, Resident Physicians, and Military Physicians. The Online CME course will be comprised of 23 online modules that will cover the indications, contraindications, techniques, complications, fluid analysis, and coding of these procedures. Topics covered include the following:

  • Informed consent
  • Procedural sedation
  • Central line placement – ultrasound-guided and landmark-guided
  • Intraosseous line placement
  • Ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement
  • Ultrasound-guided and landmark-guided arterial line placement
  • Point-of-care ultrasound including E-FAST and RUSH exams
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Noninvasive ventilation
  • Needle thoracostomy
  • Tube thoracostomy
  • Thoracic Pigtail catheter placement
  • Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Ultrasound-guided paracentesis
  • Ultrasound-guided pericardiocentesis
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Video laryngoscopy intubations
  • Stylet-guided intubations
  • Fiberoptic intubation
  • Cricothyroidotomy
  • Laryngeal mask airway placement
  • King tube placement
  • igel placement
  • Performing procedures in patients with thrombocytopenia, cirrhosis or who are treated with antiplatelets or anticoagulants

The Online Course subscription includes complimentary access to the HPC Procedure Video bundle which includes 27 high quality videos that are narrated and demonstrate step-by-step technique on how to perform hospital procedures essential for working in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.  $165 package value complimentary with purchase!. The majority of the videos are procedures performed on actual patients. Clinical pearls and common pitfalls associated with hospital based procedures are discussed in detail. The videos are not downloadable but may be accessed indefinitely by internet from any computer, smart phone, or tablet.

Our course teaches you not only how to perform these procedures, but also will teach you how to optimize clinical management using data collected from these various procedures.  For example, we will teach you how to analyze CSF, pleural, and ascitic fluid, how to use ultrasound to assess a patient’s hemodynamic profile, and the basics of noninvasive ventilation and ventilator management.

Planned updates every 12 months will cover any updates in procedural medicine and keep the learner up to date as new techniques and recommendations arise.

 Additionally, you will receive complimentary with this product the following:

  • PDFs of all the lectures
  • An airway management handout that summarizes all aspects of airway management
  • A primer on Point-of-care ultrasound exams including an introduction to ultrasound probes and a review of the RUSH exam, E-FAST exam and ultrasound-guided vascular access
  • Access to the HPC Adult Critical Care and Emergency Drug Reference Card
  • PDF of all 600 references used for the evidence-based Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures Online CME course, 4th Edition with hyperlinks to all abstracts.

After you complete all of the online content, you will be given the opportunity to obtain your CME certificate. To achieve credit, participants will need to complete each of the modules, including answering all pretest and posttest questions. You must score 80% or better on the posttest to earn credit. A CME certificate will be available for download/printing immediately following successful completion of the posttest and course evaluation.

For clinicians who desire additional hands-on procedural training in all of these 20 common hospital procedures, please sign up for one of our Live Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME courses.  The one-day course provides dedicated hands-on procedural skills lab training with five procedural expert instructors and is certified for 10.0 hours of CME credit.   The two-day course provides hands-on procedural skills lab training in the same hospital procedures and is certified for 20.0 hours of CME credit.  CLICK HERE to register for one of our live CME courses.

Procedural Sedation

This module will teach you how to perform procedural sedation safely​ for both children and adults who are either in the ER or admitted to the hospital.  Clinicians will learn the proper candidates for procedural sedation, the monitoring necessary for safe procedural sedation, and the pros and cons for different medications that can be used for procedural sedation.

Airway Management

This module will teach you how to manage a difficult airway.  The module will cover the options available to you if you are faced with the “Can’t Ventilate Can’t Intubate” scenario.  You will learn how to use an intubating stylet (i.e., an Eschmann stylet or bougie), how to place a laryngeal mask airway, how to perform a King tube placement, how to exchange a King tube for an endotracheal tube, and how to perform a Glidescope intubation.

Difficult Vascular Access

This module will teach you the different options you have for those patients with difficult vascular access and how to choose which option to use.  The module will also teach you the proper technique, indications, and contraindications for ultrasound-guided central line placement, ultrasound-guided peripheral IV placement, and intraosseous line placement.


The RUSH exam stands for “Rapid Ultrasonography in Shock” and is a rapid ultrasound exam that can be performed either in the ER or in the hospital for patients with hypotension.  The exam is a systematic approach that evaluates the patient’s pump, tank, and pipes.  Ultrasound evaluation of the “pump” evaluates the patient for a pericardial effusion, evaluates for depressed left ventricular contractility, and evaluates for right ventricular dilatation that can occur with a massive pulmonary embolus (PE).  The RUSH exam also evaluates the “tank” which assesses the inferior vena cava (IVC) for signs of hypovolemia.  Finally, the RUSH exam evaluates the “pipes” to assess the aorta for signs of an aortic aneurysm or an aortic dissection and assesses the legs for a deep venous thrombosis that could have led to a PE.