JAOA/AACOM Medical Education  |   November 2018
An Education in Osteopathic Ultrasonography (AEIOU) Program: One Institution's Approach to Advancing an Ultrasonography Curriculum
Author Notes
  • From the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA (TUCOM) in Vallejo (Drs Hendriksz and Pera) and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (Dr Markman). Dr Markman was a student at TUCOM at the time that this article was written and submitted. 
  • Financial Disclosures: None reported. 
  • Support: None reported. 
  •  *Address correspondence to Tami Hendriksz, DO, Clinical Education Department, TUCOM, 1310 Club Dr, Vallejo, CA 94592-1187. Email: tami.hendriksz@tu.edu
     
Article Information
Imaging / Medical Education / Curriculum
JAOA/AACOM Medical Education   |   November 2018
An Education in Osteopathic Ultrasonography (AEIOU) Program: One Institution's Approach to Advancing an Ultrasonography Curriculum
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2018, Vol. 118, 746-752. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.160
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, November 2018, Vol. 118, 746-752. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2018.160
Abstract

Advances in ultrasonography (US) have allowed this technology to play an increasingly important role in numerous fields of medicine. It is important that medical schools incorporate this broadly applicable tool into their curricula. Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine-CA has implemented a progressive US curriculum that is intended to complement osteopathic education, keep pace with medical advances, and arm future physicians with the most advanced skills and tools to practice medicine. In this article, the authors highlight the importance of US training in medical education and demonstrate the relative ease, cost-effectiveness, and direct benefit to students of implementing such a curriculum. The authors discuss the specifics of the US curriculum in osteopathic undergraduate medical education and describe how a staged rollout helped the college address the need for funding, faculty, and facilities. Plans for continued expansion, the successful and effective use of peer educators, the outcomes measured from this project, and avenues for further study are also discussed.

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