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ULTRASOUND INTEREST GROUP

The USIG provides a place for students interested in bedside ultrasound to share that interest and pursue ultrasound education alongside other motivated students. Bedside or point of care ultrasound is the practice of performing bedside ultrasound imaging to enhance the physical exam and visually guide medical procedures.

Point of care ultrasound improves patient care and your medical education. It’s inexpensive, fast, portable, improves patient care and safety, and provides real time information during physical exams and procedures. Because of this, ultrasound is being used in medical schools to enhance medical student education. Ultrasound education in medical school ranges from a four year integrated curriculum to none at all. UK falls somewhere in the middle with some ultrasound labs being taught in second year physical exam courses. Teaching ultrasound in physical exam courses improves medical student’s physical exam skills set. This not only provides student with ultrasound skills to apply to patient care, but also provides them with real time feedback on their physical exam. Ultrasound also improves anatomy and physiology education. In one study, students who received ultrasound education sessions in addition to their tradition anatomy curriculum scored 9% higher on their exams than their control (dissection without ultrasound) counterparts.

Leadership

Resources

Associations and Societies

Websites

Interactive Texts

  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Volume 1 & 2

Getting Plugged Into EM Learning: Must Listen Podcasts

  • The Ultrasound Podcast – a bedside ultrasound podcast by our very own ultrasound extrodinaire Matt Dawson and his equally awesome partner Mike Mallin

What Does USIG Do?

  • Workshops
    Each month the USIG has an ultrasound theme, such as cardiac or trauma ultrasound. Workshops will consist of lectures and hands-on training in that month’s ultrasound theme.
  • Open Lab
    Open lab hours are held weekly on Friday afternoons. USIG mentors (senior medical students who have demonstrated advanced ultrasound skills) will supervise open lab hours to assist USIG students in practicing their ultrasound skills whenever their presence is possible.
  • Meetings
    In addition, meetings will be held every 1-2 months to discuss ultrasound related topics, such fellowships, the basic physics behind ultrasound science, and ultrasound application within certain specialties. Our emphasis is hands-on teaching, so we’ll be focusing more on organizing monthly workshops than lunch meetings.
  • Self-Study Modules
    The USIG study modules are a collection of resources to guide students in self-study of the various ultrasound scans that interest them. They are organized by the USIG students and approved of by ultrasound fellowship trained physicians, before being released to the student group.

Moving Beyond Basics

So you’ve tried some basic ultrasound, maybe watched a few lectures, and want to learn more. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some helpful info for taking your ultrasound skills to the next level. Enjoy!

USIG Learning Modules:

USIG’s Learning Modules cover a wide range of ultrasound topics. We’ve collected all the best of ultrasound FOAMed (free online access to medical education) into one place. They”re broken down into modules by topic, so pick a topic and dive in! You can visit the learning module sectionHERE.

Listen to Ultrasound Podcast:

If you’ve gone over everything from the  Ultrasound Podcast, you’ll be in good shape. It’s a great resource and there’s always new content being posted. Plus, it’s hilariously entertaining. You can find it HERE.

USIG Case of the Month:

Complete the USIG Case of the Month. There’s a new one every month. Each case comes with a quiz and suggested resources to help you complete the quiz. You can visit the page HERE.

Follow US Masters on Twitter:

Follow the masters of Ultrasound on Twitter. Get the daily ultrasound tips and stay up to date on the latest in ultrasound.  Check out who we suggest on our US Resources section HERE.

Visit These Ultrasound Websites:

We’ve collected the ultrasound websites we’ve found most useful in one place, on our US Resource section HERE.

Read Ultrasound iBooks:

We’re a little biased, but Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound (Volumes 1&2) is a great place to start! It’s a free part of the USIG’s new member ultrasound starter kit. If you’re not a USIG member it can be found on Inkling or iTunes, but is occasionally free through The Ultrasound Podcast.

Go to Castlefest:

Seriously, go to Castlfest! It’s taught by the best of the best in ultrasound! If you’re a UK student, you can come for free as an ultrasound model. If you’re a med student but you’re not at UK, there’s a limited number of visiting scholar model spots available. If you’re already a physician, register and attend Castlefest!! More info about Castlefest can be found HERE.

Tips for Learning Ultrasound at Ultrasound Naive Institutions

Learning Ultrasound as a Med Student at an Ultrasound-Naive Institution” by Jennifer Cotton

Ultrasound Competency

Know your SDOTs (Standardized Direct Observation Tool). They are a form used to evaluate ultrasound competence. If you can meet these criteria, then you’re on the right track. You can find more info on them HERE.

Learning Modules

If you’re a physician or non-University of Kentucky medical student, be sure to check out our sister site SonoMojo.org! This site is design for you! It’s FOAMed-Based Ultrasound Learning Modules are similar to Wildcat USIG’s, but are more physician-oriented with frequently updated content. There are pages dedicated to new ultrasound learners getting started and more experienced learners looking to take their skills to the next level. It also has an USIG Toolbox page with all the information medical students need to get their own Ultrasound Interest Groups started! See our post about the SonoMojo site HERE ! And check it out!

Orientation to Ultrasound

Download

  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1 & 2
  • One Minute Ultrasound App

Subscribe To

Watch

Intro to Ultrasound

Read

  • Read Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 8 “Physics”

Trauma

Read

  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 1 “eFAST”
  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 7 “SUSS IT”

Watch

RUSH

Read

  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 5 “RUSH”
  • Mount Sinai Emergency Medicine Ultrasound: “RUSH

Videos & Lectures

Fluid Responsiveness

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 12 “Fluid Responsiveness”

Watch

Soft Tissue

Read

Video & Lecture

Ocular

Read

  • Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 16 “Ocular”
  • Life in the Fast Lane: “Ocular Ultrasound Quiz

Video & Lecture

Vascular

DVT:

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 12 “DVT”

Watch

Aorta:

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 3 “Aorta”

Watch

IVC:

Watch

  • One Minute Ultrasound: “IVC

Lung

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 4 “Lung”

Watch

Cardiac

Basics

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 2 “Basic Cardiac”

Watch

Functional Assessment

Assessment of Cardiac Output and Ventricle Function

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 1 “Echocardiographic Assessment of Cardiac Output and Ejection Fraction”
  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 2 “Right Heart”

Watch

Diastology

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 3 “Diastology”

Watch

Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 4 “Transesophageal Echo

Watch

  • Castlefest 2013: “TEE”, Chapter 1

OB/GYN

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 7 “Pregnancy”

Watch

Abdomen & Pelvis

Renal

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 6 “Renal”

Watch

Appendix

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch.13 “Appendicitis”

Watch

Small Bowel Obstruction

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch.14 “Small Bowel Obstruction”

Watch

Gallbladder and Biliary Tree

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 15 “Right Upper Quadrant”

Watch

Hernia

Watch

Testicular

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 10 “Testicular”

Watch

  • Ultrasound Podcast: “Testicular Ultrasound” Part 1, Part 2

Musculoskeletal

Basics

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 11 “Musculoskeletal Basics”
  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 13 “Joint Injections”

Hip

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 14 “Hip”

Watch

Shoulder

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 15 “Shoulder”

Watch

Fractures

Watch

Pediatrics

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 17 “Pediatrics”

Watch

  • UCI Emergency Ultrasound Course: “Pediatrics

Vascular Access

Basics

Watch

Peripheral IVs

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 8 “Peripheral IV Placement”

Watch

Central Lines

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 9 “Central Lines”

Watch

Radial Artial Lines

Watch

Nerve Blocks

Basics

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 6 “Peripheral Nerve Blocks”

Watch

Brachial Plexus Blocks

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 1: Ch. 11 “Brachial Plexus Nerve Blocks”

Watch

Lower Extremity Blocks

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 5 “Femoral Nerve Block”

Watch

Airway

Watch

Other Procedures

Basics

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 9 “Procedures”

Lumbar Puncture

Watch

Thoracentesis

Watch

Paracentesis

Watch

Pericardiocentesis

Watch

Peritonsilar Abscess Drainage

Watch

Ultrasound in Medical Education

Read

  • Intro to Bedside Ultrasound Vol. 2: Ch. 20 “Medical School Ultrasound Integration”

Watch

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