Ultrasound is becoming as common as stethoscope use in patient evaluation. Only a handful of the nation's Internal Medicine programs incorporate bedside ultrasound training into their curriculum. UTMB's Internal Medicine Residency has taken the lead in implementing bedside training, ultrasound conferences, and simulation courses as part of its curriculum. Here is a summary of what UTMB Internal Medicine has to offer:
Simulation Lab Ultrasound-Guided Training:
All Internal Medicine residents at UTMB are enrolled early in their
training in our ultrasound simulation course with the help of the
LSTAR Simulation Lab. Interns are trained in central line placement,
thoracentesis, paracentesis, and lumbar puncture on mannequins - all
using ultrasound guidance. It is the perfect preparation for interns
to prepare to do these procedures on their own patients under
Ultrasound Simulation Elective Using Sonosim Device:
A $15,000 project for teaching bedside diagnostic ultrasound, using
the SonoSim® method was started to provide integrated hands-on
ultrasound training, didactic instruction, and regular assessment. Both
comprehensive yet easy to use, residents are able to use this system
- Gain the experience of anytime, anywhere hands-on ultrasound training.
- Improve image acquisition skills.
- Correctly interpret ultrasound images.
- Diagnose conditions at the bedside to assist with development of a treatment plan.
As part of our focus on improving ultrasound skills and knowledge,
residents are able to complete an ultrasound elective course.
Subsequently, they are able to pass on their skills to other residents
at our monthly bedside ultrasound conference. During the conference,
residents will have the opportunity to share their experiences and
images while utilizing standardized patients to practice new ultrasound
New Ultrasound Equipment to Improve Patient Care:
The Internal Medicine program has recently purchased four new
ultrasound machines at the cost of over $40,000, each stationed on
inpatient ward floors for ease of access during daily rounds. Whether
you want to use them to guide your procedure or perform preliminary
imaging at the bedside, all teams will have guaranteed access to
ultrasound technology at all times.