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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-96

A prospective evaluation of point of care ultrasound teaching in Switzerland


1 School of Medicine, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
2 Department of Emergency Medicine, University of California Irvine, Irvine, California, USA
3 University Hospital Basel, Basel, Switzerland

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Dr. Shadi Lahham
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_57_18

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Context: As the utility of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) continues to expand in the medical field, there is a need for effective educational methods. In Switzerland, medical education follows the European model and lasts 6 years, focusing on preclinical training during the first 2 years. No previous studies have evaluated the optimal time for teaching ultrasound in European medical education. Aims: The aim of this study is to provide ultrasound training to medical students in Switzerland at varying times during their clinical training to determine if the level of training plays a role in their ability to comprehend and to apply basic POCUS skills. Methods: We performed an observational study utilizing a convenience sample of Swiss medical students between July 11, 2016 and August 6, 2016. They were taught a 2-day POCUS course by five American-trained 1st-year medical students. Following this course, students were evaluated with written and clinical examination. Results: 100 Swiss medical students were enrolled in the study. A total of 59 of these students were early clinical students, and 41 students were late clinical students. A two-tailed t-test was performed and demonstrated that the late clinical students performed better than the early clinical students on the written assessment; however, no difference was found in clinical skill. Conclusion: Our data suggest that Swiss medical students can learn and perform POCUS after a 2-day instructional taught by trained 1st-year American medical students. No difference was found between students in early clinical training and late clinical training for the ability to perform POCUS.


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