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US doesn’t help routine LP’s
Article: Peterson MA, Pisupati D, Heyming TW, et al. Acad Emerg Med. 2014;21(2):130-136. Ultrasound for Routine Lumbar Puncture.
EPSS to assess LV function validated again
Article: McKaigney CJ, Krantz MJ, La Rocque CL, et al. Am J Emerg Med. 2014;32(6):493-7. E-point septal separation: a bedside tool for emergency physician assessment of left ventricular ejection fraction.
If the gallbladder and labs are normal, don’t sweat the common bile duct…
Article: Becker BA, Chin E, Mervis E, et al. J Emerg Med. 2014;46(1):54-60. Emergency biliary sonography: utility of common bile duct measurement in the diagnosis of cholecystitis and choledocholithiasis.
Bedside ultrasound machines and gel don’t carry a lot of BAD germs!
Article: Lawrence MW, Blanks J, Ayala R, et al. J Ultrasound Med. 2014;333:457-62. Hospital-Wide Survey of Bacterial Contamination of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Probes and Coupling Gel.
One small step closer to an ACGME certified fellowship
Article: Lewiss RE, Tayal VS, Hoffmann B, et al. Acad Emerg Med. 2014;21(4):456-461. The Core Content of Clinical Ultrasonography Fellowship Training.
Ask the Expert: How do you evaluate trainee competency in Point of Care Ultrasound? An interview with Resa Lewiss
Resa Lewiss MD, FACEPRead More »
Chair-elect, ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section
Chief, Emergency Ultrasound Division
St. Luke’s Roosevelt of Mount Sinai Hospital Center
New York City
Assessing competency through high quality, well-validated methods remains a challenge in graduate medical education. With ultrasound emerging as one of the twenty-three Milestones in Emergency Medicine , a demand now exists for proven assessment methods in competency for both diagnostic and procedural ultrasound. While numerous assessment methods have been developed, no single format can fully evaluate for competency in highly complex practices (eg, integration of knowledge into clinical decision-making and patient care) . Therefore, before proceeding in answering this question it is important to first define the level of competency assessment we are trying to achieve.