Integration of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) in Family Medicine Clerkships: A CERA Study
A study conducted by M. Rebecca Hoffman, MD, MSPH, Georgia S. Mueller Luckey, PhD, MS, and Jenenne Geske, PhD, aimed to explore the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) education in family medicine clerkships in the United States and Canada. The researchers surveyed clerkship directors regarding the incorporation of POCUS education and other procedural training in their institutions. Out of the respondents, only 13.9% reported structured POCUS education during the clerkship, while 50.5% included other procedural training. Although 65% of clerkship directors recognized the importance of POCUS in family medicine, few directors used it personally or included it in the clerkship education. The study suggests that there is an opportunity to expand POCUS exposure for medical students during the clerkship as POCUS continues to be integrated into medical education in family medicine.
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