Emergency Ultrasound Education
In our division, there are 32 EM attendings with general EUS privileges. EM providers attend EUS “meet-ups” on a monthly basis for personalized, one-on-one instruction in both basic and advanced imaging modalities. These ultrasound-savvy attending physicians are also eager to train the next generation of EM providers. Every EM resident at MUSC receives extensive training in all facets of EUS, beginning with a month-long rotation that focuses on the core applications laid out in the 2008 ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Guidelines (Trauma, Intrauterine Pregnancy, AAA, Cardiac, Biliary, Urinary Tract, DVT, Soft-tissue/musculoskeletal, Thoracic, Ocular, and Procedural Guidance). A minimum of 150 scans are completed during this rotation. An elective in EUS is also offered during the 3rd year of EM residency. The focus during the elective is on gaining further expertise in the core modalities, while being trained in more advanced EUS skills. A fourth year medical student elective (EMED 854: Emergency Ultrasound) is also offered by the Section.
In addition to the formal rotations, lectures dedicated to EUS occur throughout the academic year. Weekly EUS conference is conducted to review recent EUS studies, discuss relevant EUS literature, and provide expanded education in point-of-care ultrasound. These conferences, which occur on Wednesdays from 9am - 12pm, are open to all EM providers.
Our Emergency Department currently has three Sonosite Turbo machines and two Zonare machines. Each machine has a full complement of probes and wireless uploads to a Q-path workflow solution.
We maintain an extensive education website which is free and open access. On the site, you will find a large quantity of high-quality content including narrated lectures, image/video galleries, cases, administrative tools, EUS articles, and much more.
You may access the site at http://www.emergencyultrasoundteaching.com