Studies from University of California Provide New Data on Radiology (Teaching Point of Care Ultrasound Skills in Medical School: Keeping Radiology in the Driver's Seat)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- A new study on Radiology is now available. According to news reporting originating in San Francisco, California, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Ultrasound is used increasingly in medical practice as a tool for focused bedside diagnosis and technical assistance during procedures. Widespread availability of small portable units has put this technology into the hands of many physicians and medical students who lack dedicated training, leaving the education and introduction of this key modality increasingly to physicians from other specialties."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of California, "We developed a radiology-led program to teach ultrasound skills to preclinical medical students. To develop this new ultrasound program we 1) established a program leader, 2) developed teaching materials, 3) created a hands-on interactive program, and 4) recruited the necessary instructors. The program was piloted with the first- year medical student class of 154 students. The introductory session was assessed by pre- and post-activity Likert scale-based surveys. Of 154 (68.8%) students, 106 completed a voluntary online survey before starting the program and 145 students (94.2%) completed a voluntary survey after the session. Students found the program educationally valuable.(4.64 of 5) and reported that it improved their understanding of ultrasound imaging (4.7 of 5). Students' reported confidence in identifying abdominal organs, intra-abdominal fluid, and Morison pouch that was significantly higher on the postactivity survey compared to the presurvey (P < .001 for all). We piloted a radiology-led program to teach ultrasound skills to preclinical medical students."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Students found the experience enjoyable and educationally valuable."
For more information on this research see: Teaching Point of Care Ultrasound Skills in Medical School: Keeping Radiology in the Driver's Seat. Academic Radiology, 2014;21(7):893-901. Academic Radiology can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Inc, 360 Park Ave South, New York, NY 10010-1710, USA. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Academic Radiology - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/672918)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting E.M. Webb, University of California, Dept. of Rehabil Sci, San Francisco, CA 94143, United States. Additional authors for this research include J.B. Cotton, K. Kane, C.M. Straus, K.S. Topp and D.M. Naeger (see also Radiology).
Keywords for this news article include: Radiology, California, San Francisco, United States, Medical Students, North and Central America, Health Occupations Students
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