At the end of January, Bret Nelson joined an incredible team of international a faculty for the largest SonoSweden course to date. Course director Christofer Muhr hosted this unique, intensive hands-on conference at the scenic Yasuragi hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Over thirty faculty and one hundred participants took part in this three-day course.
Among the faculty were lung ultrasound pioneer Vicki Noble, Matt Dawson and Mike Mallin (creators of the Ultrasound Podscast) and others from around the globe.
Registration is not yet open for the 2015 course, but check out the SonoSweden website for a countdown timer- there were over 100 people on the waiting list for this year’s course!
Welcome dinner- Martin and Chris
Faculty group photo
Mike and Matt
Bret Nelson on RUSH exam
Vicki Noble on Lung imaging
If you didn’t register, you get to meet this guy!
Official course tank top
Martin and Chris highlighting the Noble-Nelson ultrasound manual
Joe Wood making efficient use of the model
In the current issue of Global Heart (journal of the World Heart Foundation), several Mount Sinai authors have published articles on the use of point-of-care ultrasound. Phil Andrus wrote about focused cardiac ultrasound, Jennifer Huang co-authored a review of ultrasound use in IVC assessment, Daniel Lakoff described ultrasound incorporation into rapid response teams in inpatient wards, and Bret Nelson and Amy Sanghvi wrote a review of non-cardiologist use of cardiac ultrasound.
Bret Nelson and Global Heart Editor-in-Chief Jagat Narula wrote the editorial for the issue, which focused on improvements in ultrasound technology creating new opportunities and markets for ultrasound use. One theme of the editorial was whether ultrasound could replace the stethoscope, and as you may imagine the press has picked up on that thread!
visited Mount Sinai and interviewed Drs. Nelson and Narula.
Mount Sinai has incorporated ultrasound into medical student education in Gross Anatomy since 2006, and last year began a curriculum in focused ultrasound as part of the physical examination course.
The American College of Emergency Physicians awarded its annual National Faculty Teaching award in Seattle this year during the Academic Affairs committee meeting.
Bret Nelson, Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Division at Mount Sinai, was one of four faculty honored nationally.
Left to right: Federico E. Vaca, MD, MPH; Vicken Y. Totten, MD, MS, FACEP; Bret P. Nelson, MD, RDMS, FACEP; Yashwant Chathampally, MD, MS
According to ACEP,
The American College of Emergency Physicians sponsors a national faculty teaching and junior faculty teaching award to honor outstanding educators in emergency medicine. These awards are designed to support emergency medicine faculty in their efforts to achieve academic advancement, as well as support the continued academic development of the specialty. The awards recognize superior teaching activities including didactic lectures, clinical instruction, the development of innovative educational programs, as well as the endorsement by faculty, residents, and students.
The University of South Carolina once again hosted the incredible World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education in Columbia. Dean Richard Hoppmann hosted over 100 faculty and hundreds of attendees, with dozens of countries represented.
Mount Sinai emergency ultrasound director Bret Nelson gave a plenary talk on the use of ultrasound in remote environments, from the battlefield to the International Space Station.
Pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound director Jim Tsung led a well-attended course on pediatric ultrasound, along with Ee Tay.
Mount Sinai emergency ultrasound fellow Amy Sanghvi presented an abstract on a novel interdepartmental ultrasound education project. Obstetric and emergency medicine interns learned pelvic ultrasound through a combination of didactics, online tutorials, hands-on skill stations with live models and several types of simulators, then underwent an OSCE for competency assessment and completed an online interactive question bank.
There were far too many ultrasound visionaries to list them all here. Here we have Mike Mallin and Matt Dawson (of Ultrasound Podcast fame) and Vicki Noble (ultrasound director at MGH and thoracic ultrasound guru) making sure Bret’s seersucker was for real.
Check out the World Congress website for the final program, images and videos from the conference, and more!
We were proud to graduate three ultrasound fellows this year:
- Kim Poh Chan, our international fellow who will return to Singapore and head up a new ultrasound program
- Daniel Lakoff, who will co-direct the ultrasound program at Elmhurst Hospital, and
- Ee Tay, our first pediatric emergency ultrasound fellow, who will remain at Sinai
Left to right: Kim Poh Chan, Daniel Lakoff, Danny Duque, Bret Nelson, Amy Sanghvi, Ee Tay
The first annual Tri-State Ultrasound Fellow Conference kicked off today at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. The first day of this two-day course focused on administrative issues in ultrasound, featuring nationally recognized speakers from all around the area.
Bret Nelson from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai discussed faculty development, including:
- Creating a niche
- The educator portfolio
- Making connections
Here are a few references from the talk:
The AHRQ recently published an update to its landmark 2001 report, Making Health Care Safer: A Critical Analysis of Patient Safety Practices (AHRQ Evidence Report No. 43). This report advocated evidence-based practices such as root cause analysis, hand hygiene, ID bracelets for high risk patients, and time-outs prior to procedures.
The 2013 update analyzed 41 patient safety practices and identified 22 which were deemed ready for adoption. Ten were selected as “strongly encouraged” for adoption based on the strength and quality of evidence. Number nine on that list was “Use of real-time ultrasound for central line placement.”
A special supplement to the March issue of Annals of Internal Medicine features articles related to many of these patient safety strategies, and is available for free online.
Looking through the top ten list, most interventions are implemented at most major hospitals, and JCAHO surveyors track adherence to guidelines such as these. Now that ultrasound use has made the top ten in two iterations of these AHRQ safety practices, it may be more difficult to argue that lack of availability or proper training absolves providers of the need to provide this service.