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Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Symposium

Hands-on Diagnostic & Interventional MSK Ultrasound Training

Due to the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Johns Hopkins Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Symposium has been postponed indefinitely. We apologize for the inconvenience but please note that the health and safety of the participants is our top priority. Please email the symposium coordinator, Altamash Raja, D.O., CSCS, at if you are interested and we will notify you once the event is rescheduled.

The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Ultrasound Symposium offers comprehensive hands-on training on ultrasound-guided techniques in the diagnosis and management of most common musculoskeletal conditions. The symposium is sponsored and accredited by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Our program boasts a faculty who are pioneers in the field of MSK sonography. Minimal faculty to attendee ratio ensures a personalized learning environment and ample time to share experiences. The symposium will enable you to gain the necessary skills to perform the most common injections safely and effectively.

The symposium will feature:

  • Lectures on the fundamentals of MSK ultrasound as it relates to scanning the main joints of the upper and lower extremity.
  • An overview of current topics such as MSK ultrasound intervention and regenerative medicine.
  • Live, split-screen video demonstrations of basic MSK ultrasound scan techniques essential for appropriate clinical application.
  • Interactive hands-on workshop with ample opportunity to practice techniques learned in the lectures via focused, small group training with subspecialists.

Who Should Attend

This educational program is designed for physiatrists, orthopaedists, anesthesiologists, sports medicine physicians, pain management physicians, primary care physicians, rheumatologists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, as well as other health care professionals involved and/or interested in MSK ultrasound as a point-of-care imaging tool to assist with the diagnosis and management of painful musculoskeletal conditions.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this symposium, participants should be able to:

  • Gain fundamental knowledge on sonoanatomy of the targeted areas.
  • Recognize the main MSK ultrasound imaging pitfalls and artifacts.
  • Demonstrate the performance of basic MSK ultrasound exams of the major joints of the upper/lower extremity on live models. 
  • Recognize normal findings and common pathology of the musculoskeletal system as seen on ultrasound.
  • Become familiar with the spectrum of MSK ultrasound-guided interventional procedures.


7:30 - 8:00 AMRegistration
8:00 - 8:15 AMLecture: Basics of nerve, spine, and MSK ultrasound scanning, sonoanatomy, sonopathology, optimizing images and recognizing artifacts
8:15 - 8:30 AMLive demonstration of optimizing images and artifacts
Upper Extremity Pain
8:30 - 8:50 AMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful shoulder disorders and case presentation
8:50 - 9:30 AMLive scanning
Shoulder: Biceps, subscapularis, AC joint, supra/infraspinatus, GH joint, suprascapular nerve
9:30 - 9:50 AMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful elbow and wrist disorders and case presentation
9:50 - 10:30 AMLive Scanning
Elbow: Medial and lateral epicondyle, ulnar nerve, elbow joint
10:30 - 10:50 AMCoffee Break
10:50 - 11:10 AMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful wrist/hand and case presentation
11:10 - 11:50 AMLive scanning
Wrist/hand: Extensor compartments (De Quervain’s), basal joint, carpal tunnel, A1 pulley for trigger finger
Lower Extremity Pain
11:50 AM - 12:10 PMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful knee
12:10 - 1:00 PMLive scanning
Knee: Knee joint, patellar/quadriceps tendon, MCL/LCL, ITB, pes anserine, ACL, Baker’s cyst, peroneal nerve
1:00 - 2:00 PMLunch
2:00 - 2:20 PMLecture: Regenerative Medicine; new applications and technology, PRP, bone marrow and "stem cells"
2:20 - 2:40 PMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful foot and ankle disorders and case presentation
2:40 - 3:20 PMLive scanning
Foot/Ankle: Achilles tendon, plantar fascia, tibial tunnel, ankle/subtalar/tarsal joints, peroneal tendon
3:20 - 3:40 PMLecture: Examination protocol and intervention for painful hip disorders and case presentation
3:40 - 4:00 PMLive scanning
Hip: Hip joint, lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, greater trochanteric bursa, gluteus tendons, piriformis
4:00 - 4:10 PMDocumentation, Coding, and Billing issues
4:10 - 4:30 PMPanel discussion and ask the experts - Practical tips to improve success
4:30 - 5:00 PMNetworking and “scanning-on-demand” with faculty


Soo Yeon Kim, M.D. — Symposium Director

Soo Yeon Kim

Medical Director of Musculoskeletal Medicine
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Soo Yeon Kim, M.D., is a physiatrist specializing in pain and musculoskeletal medicine and serves as the medical director for the Johns Hopkins Musculoskeletal Center. After completing her medical education at Catholic University in South Korea, she completed a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She remained at Einstein for a pain medicine fellowship. Dr. Kim’s expertise includes diagnostic/interventional MSK ultrasound, preventive care, nonsurgical treatments for low back pain, cancer pain, spinal cord stimulation and peripheral joint or musculoskeletal disorders. Because of her passion for teaching, she serves as the faculty advisor for the hands-on MSK ultrasound curriculum for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residents.

Jung H. Kim, M.D.

Jung Kim

Program Director, Pain Medicine Fellowship
Director, Division of Pain Medicine

Department of Anesthesiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai West

Jung H. Kim, M.D., is an anesthesiologist who specializes in pain management at Mount Sinai West. As a director of fellowship training, he strives to become a leader in medical education. During his tenure, he has received honors such as Outstanding Resident of the Year and Teacher of the Year. His clinical interests include the most challenging pain syndromes, including complex regional pain, post-laminectomy pain and cancer pain. He understands the complexity of everyone's pain and believes in providing the most personal and genuine care for his patients.

Mohammed Emam, M.D.

Mohammed Emam

Associate Program Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship
Division of Sports Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Mohammed Emam, M.D., is a sports medicine physician and assistant professor at SUNY Downstate Health Science University. After receiving his medical degree from Cairo University, he completed his residency training in physical medicine and rehabilitation and fellowship in non-operative sports medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. He serves as the team physician for PSAL’s Brooklyn high school football teams and for SUNY Maritime College. Dr. Emam specializes in treating musculoskeletal and spine conditions with a particular interest in using musculoskeletal ultrasound for diagnostic and interventional purposes. His clinical interests also include regenerative medicine treatments such as platelet-rich plasma injections for treating various musculoskeletal conditions.

Geoffrey Dreher, D.O.

Geoff Dreher

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Geoffrey Dreher, D.O., is a primary care sports medicine physician and assistant professor of orthopaedics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He also serves as a team physician for the Johns Hopkins University Blue Jays. After graduating from medical school at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, he completed a family medicine residency followed by a sports medicine fellowship at Crozer-Keystone Health Network in suburban Philadelphia.

Dana DiRenzo, M.D., M.H.S.

Dana DiRenzo

Instructor of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dana DiRenzo, M.D., is a rheumatologist in the Division of Rheumatology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree from Bucknell University and her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center and performed a fellowship in rheumatology at Johns Hopkins. She also earned a Master of Health Science in clinical investigation from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is certified in general musculoskeletal ultrasound and injections (USSONAR, RhMSUS).



If you have questions, please email symposium coordinator Altamash Raja, D.O., CSCS, at

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