Medical Education  |   July 2017
Integrating Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Into the Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum
Author Notes
  • From the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock (Dr Russ); the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, Colorado (Student Doctors Evans, Morrad, Champney, and Woodworth, and Dr Thiessen); the San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium in Texas (Dr Thaut); and the Denver Health Medical Center in Colorado (Dr Thiessen). Drs Russ and Thaut are first-year residents. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Brian Russ, DO, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 W Markham St, Slot 584, Little Rock, AR 72205-7199. E-mail: brian.a.russ@gmail.com
     
Article Information
Imaging / Medical Education / Curriculum
Medical Education   |   July 2017
Integrating Point-of-Care Ultrasonography Into the Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2017, Vol. 117, 451-456. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.091
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, July 2017, Vol. 117, 451-456. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.091
Abstract

Point-of-care ultrasonography has been shown to have pervasive clinical and educational utility in medicine. The need to provide medical students with training in point-of-care ultrasonography has been recognized by an increasing number of osteopathic and allopathic medical schools. A 4-year integrated ultrasonography curriculum was implemented at Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015. A review of the curriculum design, content, educational methods, and student feedback are described. Barriers to curriculum implementation and lessons learned, unique to integrating point-of-care ultrasonography into the osteopathic curriculum, are also discussed.

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