The Third Annual World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education was hosted at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Co-sponsored by SUSME and WINFOCUS, the conference highlights research and innovation in ultrasound for education. Over 500 students, residents, and educators from all specialties around the world were in attendance.
Bret Nelson presented research on Mount Sinai’s experience with an integrated ultrasound curriculum for medical students.Â Scores of other schools described their experiences as well, including South Carolina, UC Irvine, Wayne State, Ohio State, A.T. Still University, and many more.
An incredibly passionate and eloquent group of medical students really made this congress special. They were integral to many hands-on training sessions, described research on ultrasound education throughout the U.S. and abroad, and gave plenary talks on the impact of ultrasound on their educational experience.
Thought leaders from around the globe shared their experiences in education and inspired attendees to return to their own institutions and build their own programs. The Ultrasound Podcast guys, Mike Mallin and Matt Dawson, hosted an Ultrasound World Cup whose production values rivaled any televised sporting event.
Approved by the ACEP Board of Directors, June 2014
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) believes that certification by non-emergencyÂ medicine external bodies, organizations, societies or other medical specialties or upon short courseÂ completion is inadequate to demonstrate comprehensive training, knowledge, and skill in the practice ofÂ emergency ultrasound.
Emergency ultrasound comprises a set of focused applications utilized to diagnose life-threateningÂ conditions, guide invasive procedures, and treat emergency medical conditions. Both residency-basedÂ and practice-based pathways exist for emergency physicians to demonstrate competency in emergencyÂ ultrasound as detailed in the ACEP policy statement, â€œEmergency Ultrasound Guidelines.â€
Any non-emergency medicine external certification process would impede the use of this critical clinicalÂ skill and adversely affect patient care.
ACEP strongly opposes the use of any non-emergency medicine external certification process to validateÂ competency in the use of emergency ultrasound. Furthermore, any such process should not be utilizedÂ as a requirement for hospital privileges or credentialing, nor for reimbursement by accountable careÂ organizations (ACOs), managed care organizations (MCOs), the Centers for Medicare and MedicaidÂ Services (CMS) or other third-party payers.