Bedside Ultrasound Initiative
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 Pulmonary Department. 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 supervision.
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 to:
- 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 techniques.
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.