Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)

One modality enhancing the prominence of Nebraska Medicine hospitalist is point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Approximately 30 hospitalist faculty and 5 APPs have been trained since 2016. Faculty are provided longitudinal support through a combination of workshops, mentored scanning, online learning, high fidelity simulation, and asynchronous image review and feedback. Both traditional cart-based machines and handheld devices are available to maximize availability and portability; and, we incorporate this technology regularly. As with the incomparable and matchless knowledge, our hospitalist provides their patients to ensure a speedy recovery, POCUS steps in to do the same.

 Resident Education:
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  • “Boot Camp” covering fundamentals, cardiac, and lung sonography. Average course evaluation score 4.95/5.
  • Guided procedure workshops. Overage course evaluation score 4.9/5.
  • Abdominal workshop. Interprofessional collaboration with the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program. Canceled 2020 (COVID). Schedule April-May 2021.
  • Lecture series. We hosted seven lectures in 2020 with multiple quest speakers.
  • Procedure rotation. Average course evaluation score 4.9/5.
    • expanded availability into COVID units
    • continued increase in POCUS-guided procedures 
To learn more about UNMC's Resident Curriculum: See residency website for details. 
 
 
Publications:
Grants:
  • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Innovations Grant ($5000). Evaluating just-in-time training and handheld devices on resident POCUS use. Ongoing multisite study.
  • UNMC Educational Support Grant ($3541). Creation of 3-D printed lumbar puncture model. Collaboration with Radiology.