Our Undergraduate Ultrasound Curriculum at a glance
Our Undergraduate Ultrasound curriculum is divided into two parts: pre-clerkship (year 1 and 2) and clerkship (years 3 and 4). Scroll through the page below for an overview as well as helpful links and documents!
During the first two years of medical training, students are introduced to ultrasound in both the anatomy and clinical skills courses. The focus here is on ultrasound basics (physics, knobology, image interpretation and image generation) with all of the sessions being hands-on and supervised.
Here are some important links to tutorials and other material related to the undergraduate ultrasound curriculum
Link to course folders including Ultrasound Guided Anatomy and Clinical Skills II – IV (with video tutorials for each session).
Our recommended text is Essentials of Point of Care Ultrasound by Socransky and Wiss (available on iBooks here )
By this stage, all students have completed approximately 10 hours of supervised, hands-on ultrasound training. Additionally, all students have had to prepare for OSCEs which may include POCUS stations (this could be compared to the amount of experience a clinician would have upon completing an intensive POCUS course in Canada). Students are now ready to move onto the next stage of training – mastery of image generation and clinical integration of core POCUS applications.
Clerkship Year 1
As part of the “Selected Topics in Medicine” curriculum (academic half day during clerkship), clerkship students will be introduced to the topic of Shock and the use of clinical ultrasonography (resuscitative ultrasound) in the initial assessment and work up of shock patients. Details here: intro-to-sound-resuscitation
Point of Care Ultrasound objectives are also currently being integrated in the EM and Anesthesia rotations. Here the focus shifts to clinical integration – learners are expected to understand how POCUS is integrated into common scenarios such as Trauma and procedural guidance, learning both the strengths and limitations of the modality.
All Clerkship students can now start logging their scans. While any and all POCUS experiences can and should be recorded, students are encouraged to focus on those skills that have been taught in the Clinical Skills curriculum: scanning for pericardial effusion (50 scans), pleural effusion (20 scans), free fluid in the abdomen (50 scans), urological ultrasound for hydronephrosis (30 scans) and bladder volume (10 scans). Non-supervised scans (which can make up to 50% of a students portfolio) should be recorded as well. The EchoLog app is live and is a convenient way to log your scans on your smartphone (iOS and Android) – check out: https://goo.gl/cPhIIe
Clerkship Year 2
All students are eligible to apply for the Clinical Ultrasound Elective in Clerkship (CUSEC) in 4th year (second year of clerkship). This is a 2-week intensive rotation which includes a competency assessment. For 2020, the elective is tentatively scheduled for Feb 10-24 (tentative date – please watch for updates – it may be moved to Feb 17- March 1).
The first week is non-clinical with lots of scanning and seminars. The second week is (in part) up to you – you choose your rotation/discipline and we help you develop an approach to integrating clinical ultrasonography into everyday care.
Details (just ignore the dates) can be found here: the-clinical-ultrasound-elective-syllabus-v-4
Application form can be found here: CUSEC Application Form
Please also include your CV and send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org