As ultrasound technology emerges, new and more robust clinical applications will develop and learners who become proficient in the acquisition and interpretation of these images will be better prepared to take advantage of utilizing this resource. The need for rapid action and decision making is pushing ultrasound applications towards the point of care. Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) is most effective when physicians have been trained and credentialed utilizing an interdisciplinary approach.
POCUS has rapidly become an expectation in providing hands-on medicine as the “new stethoscope.” Introducing ultrasound early in residency and maintaining that expectation throughout the program engrains POCUS into daily patient rounding.
PGY-1 Internal Medicine Residents POCUS program began in 2013.
- Proctored POCUS education with Sanford sonographers
- Web based learning modules
- Introduction to Ultrasound basics
- Scanning simulation
- Supervised development of POCUS scanning skills