Medical EducationCommentary

Integrating Point of Care Ultrasonography Into the Osteopathic Medical School Curriculum

Brian A. Russ, DO; Danika Evans, OMS III; Daniel Morrad, OMS II; Codee Champney, OMS II; Ashley M. Woodworth, OMS II; Lane Thaut, DO; and Molly Thiessen, MD
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Received: February 5, 2017

Accepted: March 15, 2017

Published: July 1, 2017

J Osteopath Med; 117(7): 451-456

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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