I never thought I would be happy to be stuck inside a small hotel room due to rain, but here I am…. stuck in a small hotel room…. due to rain. Time to catch up on this blog.
Armidale kept us very busy. Between teaching the procedure-oriented ultrasound to the 3rd years (see two posts below), the intro to ultrasound course to the 1st and 2nd years (see this post), and all the outings with the UNE students (see Armidale’s police blotter), we are very glad to have these next two days to ourselves to take it easy in Newcastle. Anywho- let’s dive into that Intro to ultrasound course Carter mentioned earlier;
Professor Mckeown of UNE had already given an intro to ultrasound lecture to the 1st and 2nd years weeks ago, and they have since watched a few of UCI’s ultrasound videos on iTunes U, but this week was the students’ first hands on experience with the ultrasound devices. Thursday morning, we started off with Bryan giving a lecture to about 90 students about the benefits of ultrasound in the emergency setting; full of Dr. Fox’s classic ultrasound examples, and the ever so famous Thoracotomy video. Bryan did a great job keeping their attention with his classic wit and humor (the bloody video helped too), and by the end, the students seemed very eager to hit machines.
We had the students divide up into 4 groups, each one getting a two hour hands on session (one group Thursday after the lecture, and the other 3 the following day). During these sessions, we showed the students basic cardiac ultrasound, having them get the parasternal long, apical 4-chamber, and sub-xiphoid views. Next we had them find kidneys, liver, spleen, IVC, abdominal aorta, bladder and prostate; explaining a few clinical applications along the way. The sessions ended with a 5 minute practical exam for each student; testing them on knobology, finding and identifying the organs, and overall approach to ultrasound (a complete summary and write-up of this event is in the works).
Judging from the students’ surprising (and natural) skill and overall enthusiasm, we think this little experiment of an ultrasound course was a huge success. We had a lot of positive comments from the students and faculty at UNE, and we are excited to start planning next year’s course (that is until a few lucky members of UCI class of 2016 take over).
We can only hope that we have this much success as we start our ultrasound/iPad initiative here in Newcastle. But that is two days from now, until then I have a date with sweat pants, a rigid hotel bed, and a sci-fi novel.