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Ultrasound in Emergency and Clinical Medicine

LOCATION: Ruby Memorial Hospital, Morgantown, West Virginia
PRECEPTOR: Justin Pagenhardt, M.D. /Clara Kraft, MD
DURATION: 2 weeks minimum
OFFERED: Continuously
STATUS: Elective


At the end of the rotation the student should:

  1. Understand the basic principles of ultrasound physics and operating the ultrasound machine
  2. Know the clinical indications for the most commonly used applications of bedside ultrasound
  3. Become familiar with basic image acquisition techniques and interpretation of bedside ultrasound images for the most common applications
  4. Understand the most important limitations of bedside ultrasound
  5. Become familiar with how bedside ultrasound may be incorporated into clinical decision-making

Methods to Achieve Objectives

  1. Introductory lecture and practical session
  2. Performing ultrasound studies in the Emergency Department on emergency patients with direction and direct observation
  3. Observation of ultrasound studies performed in the Emergency Department
  4. Completion of online didactic material
  5. Completion of reading assignments
  6. Participation in ultrasound case discussions and image review sessions

Examination Procedures and Evaluation Criteria

Daily evaluations. Structured direct observation forms. Written testing. Evaluation of participation in discussion sessions.

Pre-Rotation Instructions

Contact Ms. Ashley McDonald two weeks prior to rotation start date. ashley.mcdonald@hsc.wvu.edu/ (304) 293-5393