Medical Students Start Using Hand-Held Ultrasound Starting in Year One

ultrasound  Educators and students from University of California, Irvine, describe their intensive involvement with ultrasound as an adjunct to physical diagnosis.  Pre-clerkship students engage in weekly practice sessions precepted primarily by fourth-year students.  Ultrasound exposure continues throughout the curriculum.  It is unclear whether patient outcomes or educational outcomes other than ultrasound proficiency have been affected by this program. — Laura Willett, MD

Fox JC, Schlang JR, Maldonado G, Lotfipour S, Clayman RV., Proactive Medicine: The “UCI 30,” an Ultrasound-Based Clinical Initiative From the University of California, Irvine. Academic Medicine, 2014 May 13 [epub ahead of Print]

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