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The feasibility and efficacy of implementing a focused cardiac ultrasound course into a medical school curriculum

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Title
The feasibility and efficacy of implementing a focused cardiac ultrasound course into a medical school curriculum
Published in
BMC Medical Education, May 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12909-017-0928-x
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Authors

Sergio L. Kobal, Yotam Lior, Alon Ben-Sasson, Noah Liel-Cohen, Ori Galante, Lior Fuchs

Abstract

Teaching cardiac ultrasound to medical students in a brief course is a challenge. We aimed to evaluate the feasibility of teaching large groups of medical students the acquisition and interpretation of cardiac ultrasound images using a pocket ultrasound device (PUD) in a short, specially designed course. Thirty-one medical students in their first clinical year participated in the study. All were novices in the use of cardiac ultrasound. The training consisted of 4 hours of frontal lectures and 4 hours of hands-on training. Students were encouraged to use PUD for individual practice. Finally, the students' proficiency in the acquisition of ultrasound images and their ability to recognize normal and pathological states were evaluated. Sixteen of 27 (59%) students were able to demonstrate all main ultrasound views (parasternal, apical, and subcostal views) in a six-minute test. The most obtainable view was the parasternal long-axis view (89%) and the least obtainable was the subcostal view (58%). Ninety-seven percent of students correctly differentiated normal from severely reduced left ventricular function, 100% correctly differentiated a normal right ventricle from a severely hypokinetic one, 100% correctly differentiated a normal mitral valve from a rheumatic one, and 88% correctly differentiated a normal aortic valve from a calcified one, while 95% of them correctly identified the presence of pericardial effusion. Training of medical students in cardiac ultrasound during the first clinical year using a short, focused course is feasible and enables students with modest ability to acquire the main transthoracic ultrasound views and gain proficiency in the diagnosis of a limited number of cardiac pathologies.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 41 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 8 20%
Student > Postgraduate 5 12%
Other 4 10%
Student > Master 4 10%
Student > Bachelor 2 5%
Other 6 15%
Unknown 12 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 20 49%
Social Sciences 2 5%
Psychology 2 5%
Unspecified 1 2%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 2%
Other 2 5%
Unknown 13 32%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 12 June 2017.
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#6,935,901
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Outputs from BMC Medical Education
#1,033
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#139,948
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Medical Education
#30
of 54 outputs
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