The objective of this course is to introduce the practicing surgeon to office based ultrasound examination of the thyroid, parathyroid, and neck for commonly encountered diseases.  The distinction of normal from malignant lymphadenopathy is emphasized with a demonstration of the comprehensive examination of lymph node basins in cervical levels I-VI. The technique of ultrasound guided fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of thyroid nodules and lymph nodes are addressed in didactic lecture format. 

In addition, hands-on skill sessions allow the surgeon to develop techniques to perform diagnostic neck ultrasound and ultrasound guided FNAB.  The use of standardized patients allows supervised hands on experience with transverse and longitudinal scanning methods.  The techniques of FNAB of lesions will be performed using phantom models.  Attendees will be instructed in the practical detail and hurdles in developing office based ultrasound. 

  • Explain the ACS Ultrasound Education Program
  • Identify techniques and differentiate challenges associated with surgeon performed ultrasound
  • Illustrate the possibilities and limitations of ultrasound in clinical applications
  • Locate resources for getting started in Surgeon Performed Ultrasound
  • Develop enabling strategies to improve surgeon ultrasound skills

To register, please use the link at the top of this page. 

ACS Fellows (Physicians) $1525.00

Non Fellows (Physicians) $1750.00

Resident Society Members $765.00

Non-Society Members Residents/PAs $915.00


Access Presentations & Abstracts


Russell Smith, MD, FACS

Course Director

Chief, Section of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center


Arjun Joshi, MD

Professor of Surgery, Otolaryngologist

The George Washington University

Washington, DC

Merry Sebelik, MD, FACS

Head and Neck Surgery, Otolaryngology Professor

Emory Healthcare

Atlanta, GA

David Shonka Jr., MD

Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA


* Agenda is subject to change

Day 1: Fri, Feb 25, 2022

  • 8:15-8:25 Breakfast, Welcome and Introduction
  • 8:25-8:55 Principles and Physics of Ultrasonography
  • 9:15-9:55 Ultrasonography of Normal Neck Anatomy
  • 9:55-10:10 Break
  • 10:10-10:40 Instructor Demonstration
  • 10:40-11:10 Thyroid Ultrasonography
  • 11:10-11:30 Parathyroid Ultasonography
  • 11:30-11:45 Break
  • 11:45-12:25 Neck Ultrasonography
  • 12:25-12:55 Interventional Ultrasonography
  • 12:55-13:40 Lunch Break
  • 13:40-14:10 Integrating Office Based Ultrasonography into Practice
  • 14:10-14:15 Introduction to the Lab
  • 14:15-14:45 Module 1: Basic Technical Issues
  • 14:45-15:15 Module 2: Central Neck Anatomy
  • 15:15-15:45 Module 3: Lateral Neck Anatomy
  • 15:45-16:00 Break
  • 16:00-16:30 Module 4: Lymph Node Evaluation
  • 16:30-17:00 Module 5: Performance Exam
  • 17:00-17:30 Module 6: Ultrasound Guided FNA
  • 17:30 Adjourn


Bohemian Hotel Celebration

Bohemian Hotel Celebration

In partnership with the Bohemian Hotel Celebration, we offer a special rate for the guests of our courses. Please reach out to cfl.nicholsoncentereducation.info@adventhealth.com for any further questions about hotel accommodations.

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Directions & Parking

AdventHealth Nicholson Center

AdventHealth Nicholson Center

404 Celebration Place

Celebration, FL 34747

Two lots are available on either side of the facility for free parking.