Medical Student US

We work with POCUS specialists and educators from multiple departments at the David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA to provide students with ultrasound education during all four years of the undergraduate medical curriculum. During the first two years, we provide ultrasound labs that complement each course block. In addition, we provide a POCUS selective for a small group of second year students. 

We also work closely with the DGSOM Ultrasound Student Interest Group to help facilitate Friday afternoon peer ultrasound education sessions, as well as to host the annual DGSOM UltraFest conference. This one-day event brings together 150-200 students and 30 faculty in a fun environment to learn POCUS.

The 2018-19 USIG Officers with faculty advisors, Drs
. Elena Stark and Alan Chiem.

Celebrating another successful DGSOM UltraFest!

We started the Ultrasound Peer Education Program in 2019 to provide third-year medical students longitudinal POCUS training, as well as to provide faculty development for educators interested in additional POCUS training. The USPEP students are taught by faculty representing multiple specialties and clinical practice environments. The faculty precept USPEP students in the traditional sense, but also teach core POCUS exams as well as how to integrate the findings into clinical reasoning and patient management. During their fourth year, these students then become small group POCUS near-peer educators for our 1st and 2nd year students. 

The faculty development portion of USPEP adopts a “Community of Practice” model that relies on faculty with diverse POCUS skills to provide training for one another. For example, a cardiologist may train the USPEP faculty in advanced echocardiography, while radiologists may provide training in MSK Ultrasound. In addition, the USPEP faculty seek to collaborate on both medical education and research projects, as well as to highlight the success of members, with the broader goal of advancing ultrasound education at DGSOM and partner institutions. 

Fourth year medical students also take our senior medical student ultrasound elective, which uses a blended learning approach that incorporates online didactics, quizzes, and supervised faculty scan shifts. This popular rotation teams up medical students with residents in a clinical team model that provides POCUS education as well as consultative support for ED clinicians. Please see the “Ultrasound Rotation” section for more details.