PERT Bootcamp: Hands-on Physician in Training Course

Due to the hurricane in Tampa, PERT Bootcamp 2022 has been postponed. The session will take place in Boston, MA on Saturday, April 22, 2023. More details coming soon!




  • Point of Care Echocardiogram and Interpretation 
  • DVT Diagnosis and Management
  • Percutaneous Treatments 
  • Radiology Interpretation for V/Qs and CTAs 
  • ICU Care



Learning Objectives

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

  • Better interpret diagnostic tests including CT pulmonary angiogram, invasive pulmonary V/Q scans, venous duplex ultrasounds, and echocardiogram.
  • Refine bedside techniques for performing point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), such as cardiac and lower extremity venous ultrasound.
  • Understand the different treatment modalities including patient specific risks and benefits.  The treatments will include systemic thrombolysis, anticoagulation, catheter directed thrombolysis, percutaneous clot extraction, and surgical embolectomies.
  • Manage critically ill PE patients through techniques such as vasopressor support, airway management, ECMO, fluid resuscitation, etc. 
  • Understand long term PE management and follow-up (i.e. anticoagulation considerations/duration, thrombophilia workups, chronic thromboembolic disease and chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension evaluation, who needs further imaging, etc.).
  • Understand how to organize, launch, and optimize a PERT team.



Course Directors

Brandon Hooks, DO, FCCP, FACOI

Brandon Hooks, DO, FCCP, FACOI
Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Attending Physician
Ascension Borgess
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Frances Mae West, MD, MS, FACP

Frances Mae West, MD, MS, FACP
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mahir Elder, MD

Mahir Elder, MD
Heart & Vascular Institute
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Dearborn, Michigan