Ultrasound technology is continually evolving, allowing for more robust clinical applications and rapid decision making at the bedside.
Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is most effective when clinicians have been trained and credentialed utilizing an interdisciplinary approach.
Residents’ POCUS training begins early during intern year, where they learn the basics of ultrasound and how to properly use the handheld devices. POCUS training then continues through a multimodal education approach involving the use of bedside ultrasound while on the inpatient medicine rotations, didactic lectures paired with hands-on learning on student volunteers, SonoSim online modules, and encouraged use of POCUS in the clinical setting. The goal of these experiences is for residents to develop skills to perform and interpret bedside ultrasound exams and learn to incorporate POCUS findings into their clinical reasoning.
POCUS Interest Group
During their residency, residents have the opportunity to participate in the POCUS interest group, where they help shape the POCUS curriculum and gain leadership skills while assisting fellow residents in learning POCUS techniques. This engagement fosters a symbiotic relationship, promoting knowledge sharing and mentorship. It enriches residents' experiences, equipping them not only with ultrasound proficiency but also with valuable leadership and teamwork skills, enhancing the overall quality of the residency program.
We have partnered with the Sanford Sonography School, as well as the Sanford Ultrasound/Echocardiography Department, to develop a week-long elective POCUS experience for our residents who have interest in further developing their POCUS skills.