CME Online Course

Title: Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures Online CME course
Release Date: 1/1/2022
Expiration Date: 1/1/2024
Estimated Time to Complete the Activity: 11.5 hrs
Media: Interactive presentation Preview Here

saad khan
saad khan
October 24, 2023
Kyle James
Kyle James
October 23, 2023
Clinically relevant material. Much added confidence for my practice.
Tasha Gilmore
Tasha Gilmore
October 22, 2023
Excellent course! I really enjoyed being able to practice the procedures in the live course.
Hali Schmitt
Hali Schmitt
October 22, 2023
A wonderful evidence based conference that taught me so much and will change my practice for the better!
Erika Kuehn
Erika Kuehn
October 22, 2023
Phenomenal instructors. Plenty of time for hands-on learning. Very applicable to every day needs of FP-trained ER practitioner. I had minimal prior procedural and ultrasound experience. I now Feel confident enough to bring it back, use it daily, continue to grow my skills and help others in my facility. Definitely recommend.
John S.
John S.
October 21, 2023
Pamela Guoth
Pamela Guoth
October 21, 2023
Great course! The educators are very helpful and knowledgeable.
Kushal Khera
Kushal Khera
September 18, 2023
RAINA Hamlin
RAINA Hamlin
July 15, 2023
Matthew Blazon Yee
Matthew Blazon Yee
June 20, 2023
This is a fantastic course. Its Mostly hands-on throughout the entire weekend. The proctors were always available for questioning and gave excellent feedback. I Highly recommend the course for anybody who needs to brush up on procedures, learn potential new procedures or looking for more training.

CME Online Program Description


Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute of Medicine (PIM) and Hospital Procedures Consultants (HPC)

The Hospitalist and Emergency Procedures CME course 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 2019 and is geared towards Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Medical Students, Resident Physician, and Military Physicians. The CME course will be comprised of 19 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 arterial line placement
  • Point-of-care ultrasound including E-FAST and RUSH exams
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Needle thoracostomy
  • Basic suturing
  • Tube thoracostomy including wire-directed pigtail catheter placement
  • Ultrasound-guided thoracentesis
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Ultrasound-guided paracentesis
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Video laryngoscopy intubations
  • Stylet-guided intubations
  • Laryngeal mask airway placement
  • King tube placement
  • Performing procedures in patients with thrombocytopenia, cirrhosis or who are on anticoagulation or antiplatelets

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. These 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 ventilator management. Additionally, you will have access to a bonus module from 2022 on how to perform procedures in patients with thrombocytopenia, cirrhosis or who are on anticoagulation or antiplatelets.

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.

Included with the purchase of this product is the indefinite access to our complete HPC Procedure Video Bundle which contains 27 full-length narrated videos of the most common bedside procedures essential for working in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards.  $165 package value complimentary with purchase! 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
  • A new bonus lecture about safely performing bedside procedures in patients with thrombocytopenia, coagulopathy, cirrhosis or who are anticoagulated

CME Online Statement of Need

Recent surveys of learners working in the emergency room, intensive care unit, and other hospital departments identified safety and competency in bedside procedures and competency with diagnostic ultrasound as the target audience’s primary educational need for medical procedures. Given recent advances in procedural medicine, there is a strong educational need to provide clinicians with expert-led insights into the indications, contraindications, technique, and complications of the most common bedside procedures performed in the ER, ICU, and hospital wards. In addition, these clinicians need to learn how to interpret the lab studies and data obtained from these bedside procedures. Furthermore, learners show knowledge gaps regarding procedural sedation, mechanical ventilation, informed consent, the peri-procedural management of antiplatelets.and antithrombotics, and the nuances of performing bedside procedures in patients with renal or hepatic dysfunction. Finally, there is a knowledge gap for procedural coding and in the information required for appropriate procedural documentation.

CME Online Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participants will be better able to:

  • Define the indications and contraindications for the hospital procedures
  • Identify the pertinent anatomy, patient positioning and proper technique for hospital procedures
  • Understand the common complications of the various procedures
  • Choose the appropriate management of complications should they occur
  • Choose appropriate options for oral or intravenous procedural sedation
  • Perform basic diagnostic ultrasound
  • Utilize the ultrasound to assist with hospital procedures
  • Understand the basic principles of mechanical ventilation
  • Properly code and document for hospital procedures

CME Online Target Audience

This activity is directed to attending and resident physicians, midlevel providers, and medical students working in the emergency room, intensive care unit, or hospital wards.

Joint Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hospital Procedures Consultants. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  To contact the CME provider, call 303-799-1930.
Jointly provided by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Hospital Procedures Consultants
In-kind support provided by FujiFilm/SonoSite, Verathon, Teleflex, and CareFusion

Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) requires instructors, planners, managers and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity to disclose any real or apparent conflict of interest (COI) they may have as related to the content of this activity. All identified COI are thoroughly vetted and resolved according to PIM policy.  PIM is committed to providing its learners with high quality CME activities and related materials that promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.

The faculty and planners reported the following financial relationships or relationships to products or devices they or their spouse/life partner have with commercial interests related to the content of this CME activity:

Faculty Disclosures

Joseph S. Esherick, MD, FAAFP

  • No conflicts to disclose

Richard R. Rutherford, MD, FAAFP

  • No conflicts to disclose

Planning Committee Disclosures

Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, RN

  • No conflicts to disclose

Trace Hutchison, PharmD

  • No conflicts to disclose

Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP

  • No conflicts to disclose

Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP

  • No conflicts to disclose

Instructions for Participation

To receive a CME certificate of participation, participants should:

  • Follow instructions to register or log in with your professional information. Our system requires the month and date of your birth for registration.
  • Complete the online activity, ensuring they answer all pre-test and polling questions.
  • Complete and submit the online posttest. You must answer 80% of the posttest questions correctly to earn credit.
  • Once all course modules are completed, a link will appear that will guided you through the remainder of the steps to attain your Online CME course certificate.
  • Tip: If you do not receive the email(s), please check your spam file.  You will receive your certificate from [email protected]

System Requirements

To participate, you will need access to a computer (either MAC or PC), tablet, or smart phone, with a Chrome (version 22.0.1229.94 or greater) web browser, Firefox (version 3.6 or greater) web browser or an Internet Explorer (version 8.0 or greater) web browser, JavaScript enabled, connected to the Internet (high speed connection preferred). You MUST have coockies enabled to participate in this activity.

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Hospital Procedure Consultants, and PIM are committed to protecting the privacy of those who choose to participate in activities on this site. This information below describes our security policies for safeguarding personal information as well as the rationale for collection and use of personal information.
Security/safeguarding personal information

This website has physical and procedural safeguards in place to prevent unauthorized access to personal information used to access this website.
Collection and use of personal information.

To earn CME credits using the website, PIM requires submission of certain personally identifiable information. The required items include: first name, last name, degree, and e-mail address. These items are necessary to award and track the credits that participants may earn after completing the program. To obtain credit, learners must complete an evaluation of the CME activity. This information is used in a continuous improvement process to enhance the learning experience of future programs.

Hospital Procedure Consultants, and PIM do not transfer, sell, or share personal information with outside parties. We will not disclose the information unless required in a legal proceeding.



Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

This educational activity may contain discussion of published and/or investigational uses of agents that are not indicated by the FDA. The planners of this activity do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications.

The opinions expressed in the educational activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily represent the views of the planners.  Please refer to the official prescribing information for each product for discussion of approved indications, contraindications, and warnings.


Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications and/or dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.

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