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A Novel Multimodal Approach to Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education in Low-Resource Settings

  • Author(s): Dreyfuss, Andrea
  • Martin, David A.
  • Farro, Angel
  • Inga, Robert
  • Enríquez, Sayuri
  • Mantuani, Daniel
  • Nagdev, Arun
  • et al.
Abstract

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) enables physicians to make critical diagnosis and treatment decisions at the bedside. However, access to and expertise with this technology remain limited in Peru. Establishing longitudinal POCUS educational curriculums in remote, low-resource settings can be challenging due to geographical distances, encumbering the ability to provide ongoing hands-on support. Previously described educational interventions have focused on training individual users on clinical applications of POCUS, rather than training physicians how to teach POCUS, thereby limiting scalability and sustainable impact. We therefore describe our experiences establishing the first ultrasound fellowship curriculum in Peru, which incorporates tele-ultrasonography to circumvent traditional geographical barriers.

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