Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Point-of-Care Ultrasound


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. 

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

Interest Group: Residents who want to further their skills can participate in our monthly POCUS interest group.   This group provides additional hands-on training, journal club discussion, and research opportunities.

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).

POCUS Curriculum Director:
Dr. Christopher Smith