SonoLearning: Foundations in Point of Care Ultrasound

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Background

Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is performed by the physician at the bedside to rapidly diagnose and guide treatment. POCUS has exponentially grown as a clinical tool and has been shown to lead to improvements in both patient care and patient safety. Competency in POCUS is required by the Residency Review Committees for multiple medical specialties not just limited to Emergency Medicine (EM) with specific educational milestones and specialty-specific credentialing requirements. In addition to the requirement to provide adequate training in POCUS for physicians in training, there a larger need to integrate ultrasound education into medical student, physician assistant and nursing curriculums.

 

Goal

Improve didactics that deliver POCUS content in 12 core areas (American College of Emergency Physicians 2008 Guidelines) allowing more interactive educational sessions and better preparation for hands-on scanning in both the simulated and clinical environments. This digital curriculum begins with “Foundations in POCUS” and in the future will include more advanced ultrasound education.
  1. Trauma: EFAST Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma
  2. Ultrasound Physics and Knobology
  3. Vascular Access and Procedural Ultrasound
  4. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  5. Pelvic: First Trimester OB
  6. Biliary
  7. Renal
  8. Cardiac
  9. Deep Venous Thrombosis 
  10. Thoracic/Lung
  11. Musculoskeletal
  12. Ocular

 

GoodBye PowerPoint

Hello interactive Modules

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The Process

Transition the education from a less interactive lecture-based educational format to student-driven learning.
Golden key in keyholeHaving a vision for animating anatomy.

 

 

 

Golden key in keyholeConverting slides to videos that can demonstrate the procedure.

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Golden key in keyholeMaking the curriculum interactive.
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Outcome

These “SonoLearning” modules will be piloted with medical students and EM residents as part of their orientation starting in June 2015.  They will also be accessible to other medical specialties outside of the Emergency Department and even publicly for national and global education in ultrasound.

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