Medical Science Educator

, Volume 28, Issue 3, pp 465–467 | Cite as

A 1-Week Intensive Ultrasound Course for Second-Year Medical Students

  • Samuel L. BurlesonEmail author
  • Maxwell A. Thompson
  • David C. Pigott
  • John P. Gullett
  • David Resuehr
  • John Donnelly
  • Courtney B. Gibson


We describe the curriculum of a 1-week ultrasound course for second-year medical students integrating didactics, bedside scanning, high-fidelity simulators, and a “Sonolympics” and evaluate its effectiveness. All students subjective confidence in using and interpreting ultrasound significantly increased, and students obtained and correctly interpreted ultrasound images in 86% of simulated cases.


Ultrasound POCUS Undergraduate medical education Simulation 



The authors would like to acknowledge the contributions of the staff and facilities of the Office of Interprofessional Simulation at the University of Alabama-at Birmingham, without whom this study and course could not have been completed, as well as the residents of the UAB Emergency Medicine Residency for their contributions in bedside teaching and Sonolympics.

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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of Alabama at Birmingham HospitalBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.Department of Emergency MedicineUniversity of California-Irvine HospitalOrangeUSA
  3. 3.Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative BiologyUniversity of Alabama School of MedicineBirminghamUSA

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