GUSI Partners with the Cherokee Nation to Provide POCUS Training

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Bringing Point-of-Care Ultrasound to the Cherokee Nation: A Collaboration for Improved Healthcare


In a remarkable collaboration aimed at improving healthcare access and education, the Global Ultrasound Institute (GUSI) partnered with the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Cherokee Nation to provide vital point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) training to Cherokee Nation healthcare professionals.

This program, launched in February 2024, brings together the expertise of GUSI, a leader in ultrasound education, with the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine’s academic excellence and the Cherokee Nation’s commitment to serving its citizens. POCUS, a rapidly growing field, utilizes portable ultrasound machines to perform quick and accurate examinations at the bedside, improving diagnosis and treatment decisions in various healthcare settings.

By offering this training program, the collaborators aim to:

  • Enhance access to critical medical care: POCUS can significantly benefit rural and underserved communities like the Cherokee Nation by allowing healthcare professionals to perform essential examinations readily, without relying solely on distant specialists.
  • Empower healthcare providers: Equipping medical professionals with POCUS skills fosters better decision-making at the point of care, potentially leading to improved patient outcomes.
  • Promote healthcare equity: This initiative contributes to closing the healthcare gap by providing advanced medical training opportunities to Cherokee Nation healthcare professionals.

The program was designed to be comprehensive, equipping participants with the knowledge and skills needed to perform basic POCUS examinations confidently. The curriculum covered various topics, including ultrasound physics, image acquisition techniques, and interpretation of findings in different body regions.

This collaboration between GUSI, OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the Cherokee Nation serves as a commendable example of how collective efforts can address crucial healthcare needs in underserved communities. By empowering healthcare providers with advanced POCUS skills, this program has the potential to significantly improve healthcare access and quality for the Cherokee Nation’s citizens.


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Read the full story about OSU’s dedication to improving healthcare to the members of the Cherokee Nation on CBS News

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