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Regarding subspecialty accreditation for clinical ultrasound, ABEM received an update from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) on the possible Certificate for Focused Expertise (CFE) described at our section meeting last October. The time for public comment on CFE ended on January 15th. Additionally, ABEM and ABMS solicited input from other major EM and non-EM organizations. ABMS reports that there was considerable opposition outside of EM to a CFE pathway largely because of concerns about detrimental effects on existing specialties and the lack of oversight by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). At their February 24th board meeting, ABMS did not reach a final consensus, but instead decided to further explore the CFE option.
Thank you Michael Zwank and Laleh Gharahbaghian for another outstanding newsletter!
Cases That Count (Cardiac Tamponade)
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1. What key features are shown in the ultrasound clips to suggest cardiac tamponade?
2. What additional sonographic findings would be consistent with tamponade physiology?
3. How can ultrasound help guide the treatment of cardiac tamponade?
FOAM Ultrasound: #FOAMus Highlight
the FAST, grades of hydronephrosis, assessment of shock and advanced cardiac views. These images, which can be found on Twitter by following @ultrasoundjelly, have been retweeted and “liked” hundreds of times. If you want to learn more ultrasonography from Dr. Smith through weekly clinical cases, visit his website at http://www.ultrasoundoftheweek.com. Also, be on the lookout for an upcoming App or iBook from Dr. Smith, perfect for use during your next shift.
Over the last few months there has been a plethora of great ultrasound education and discussion online. One particular standout of the #FOAMus world is Dr. Ben C. Smith. He is the emergency ultrasound fellowship director at the University of Tennessee, Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Smith has created clean, simple and highly informative diagrams including Read More »
International Ultrasound: View from the frontline: Ultrasound in Cambodia
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Drs. Rothsovann (“Sovann”) Yong & Chris Clingan
A bit of background:
Chris and Sovann grew up on different continents, but since meeting during fellowship at UMass in Worcester, MA, their professional paths have joined on two sides of the ocean: Lowell, MA and Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Fellow’s Spotlight: A Look at EUS Fellows’ Educational Projects
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Jacob Avila, MD - University of Kentucky, Lexington
Casey Wilson, MD - Johns Hopins, Baltimore
Michelle Hunter-Behrend, MD - Stanford University
Jesse Schafer MD and Jeremy Welwarth DO
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston
Kristine Robinson, MD, FACEP - West Virginia University, Morgantown
Joseph Pare, MD - Yale University, New Haven
Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Update
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Announcement – New Pediatric Point-of-Care Ultrasound Guidelines
The past few years have seen incredible growth in pediatric point-of-care ultrasound. In addition to the development of consensus educational guidelines,1 publication of the first pediatric point-of-care ultrasound textbook,2 and foundation of the P2Network, a landmark policy statement and technical report endorsing the use of point-of-care ultrasonography by pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) providers was published.3 As a collaborative effort between the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound, this policy statement garners consensus among the PEM community and provides the framework for point-of-care ultrasound development within pediatric emergency departments (EDs).
Make a Difference: Write that Council Resolution
Many College members introduce new ideas and current issues to ACEP through Council resolutions. This may sound daunting to our newer members, but the good news is that only takes two ACEP members to submit a resolution for Council consideration. In just a few months the ACEP Council will meet and consider numerous resolutions.Read More »