Faculty-Focused Perioperative Ultrasound Training Program: A Single-Center Experience

Robina Matyal, John D. Mitchell, Feroze Mahmood, Achikam Oren-Grinberg, Akiva Leibowitz, Yannis Amador, Vanessa Wong, Arash Khamooshian, Faraz Mahmood, Rabia Amir, Jeffrey Bortman, Stephanie B. Jones

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Objective: Comprehensive educational initiatives in ultrasound for practicing physicians are lacking. We developed a perioperative ultrasound training program for faculty to offer a broad orientation to the principles and clinical applications of ultrasound. Design and Setting: The program consisted of two phases. Phase one, which introduced ultrasound via didactic and hands-on components, had six live sessions. At the end of each, participants completed a knowledge quiz. During the sixth session, faculty participated in an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). For phase two, faculty attended two to three sessions (8-10 hours each) of in-depth individualized training and demonstrated supervised performance of ultrasound-related procedures of their choice. Participants: Participants included Anesthesia faculty at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Measurements and Main Results: On average 30 faculty members attended each live session for phase one; 12 completed phase two. There was a significant difference in quiz scores across the six sessions (p < 0.001) with scores for Session 6 being significantly higher than for Session 1 (p < 0.001). The average mean and median scores on the three OSCE stations were 95.63% and 98.33%, respectively. For phase two, the 8 participants who received training in regional anesthesia each performed > 10 blocks on patients over two days; 5 of the 7 participants who received training in transthoracic echocardiography each completed more than 15 examinations on simulators and 10 examinations on patients. Conclusion: It is possible to implement a departmental educational program for ultrasound to improve ultrasound knowledge and skills in practicing anesthesiologists.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1037-1043
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • anesthesia
  • continuing medical education
  • faculty education
  • simulation
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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