University of Nebraska Medical Center

Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Residents learn from faculty in a POCUS class
Over a 3-year integrative longitudinal curriculum, residents learn to acquire and interpret focused cardiac, pulmonary, abdominal, soft tissue, and procedure ultrasound images.  Ultimately, residents learn to integrate this information into their management decisions.

Curriculum includes:

Workshops: Utilize a flipped-classroom approach to maximize hands on scanning time.  Workshops integrate the use of live-models, high fidelity simulation, and multi-media didactics. 

  • Introductory Boot Camp: Half-day intensive training during intern orientation to learn about the fundamentals of sonography, cardiac ultrasound, and lung/pleural ultrasound.
  • Procedure-based Workshop: Half-day workshop that fully integrates POCUS in performing common bedside procedures, including central venous catheterization, paracentesis, thoracentesis, lumbar puncture, and knee arthrocentesis.
  • Abdominal Workshop: Half-day workshop in collaboration with the Diagnostic Medial Sonography program in the College of Allied Health. Residents will learn basics of abdominal POCUS, including kidney, bladder, gallbladder, liver, and spleen.

Interactive lectures:  Several lectures on an array of POCUS topics supplement skills introduced in the workshops. Didactic formats include image review, interpretation practice, and hands-on scanning.  

Mini-rotation: As part of the Hospitalist Rotation, residents are assigned to a 1-week POCUS/procedure mini-rotation.  The experience includes a mix of self-directed learning modules, simulation cases, one-on-one scanning with a faculty member, and completion of common bedside procedures (paracentesis, thoracentesis).