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J Korean Soc Emerg Med > Volume 21(3); 2010 > Article
Journal of The Korean Society of Emergency Medicine 2010;21(3): 382-387.
Development of an Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Course in Korea: 1-Year Experience
Jeong Soo Kim, Young Soon Cho, Young Shick Kim, Young Rock Ha, Bo Seong Kang, Hyun Soo Chung, Yoo Seok Park, Jung Hwan An, Han Ho Do, Hoon Pyo Hong
1Department of Emergency Medicine, Soonchunhyang University Bucheon Hospital, Korea. choyoungsoon@hanafos.com
2Department of Emergency Medicine, Daejin Medical Center, Korea.
3Department of Emergency Medicine, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, Korea.
4Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Yonsei University, Korea.
5Department of Emergency Medicine, Ajou University Hospital, Korea.
6Department of Emergency Medicine, Dongguk University Ilsan Hospital, Korea.
7Department of Emergency Medicine, College of Medicine, Kyung Hee University, Korea.
This report describes our 1-year experience with an emergency abdominal ultrasound course that we developed for emergency medicine residents and physicians.
The five-hour course consisted of didactic lectures and hands-on practice. A 1-hour didactic lecture was provided. The lecture consisted of basic ultrasound physics and principles, and anatomy for abdominal ultrasound. In the hands-on session, the instructors demonstrated the abdominal ultrasound techniques and then the students practiced on standard patients. Participants evaluated the programs using a five or ten point Likert scale. After two months to one year, the participants evaluated the usefulness of the course, their knowledge, and their self confidence.
A total of 61 trainees participated in eight courses. The evaluation scores for overall quality of content, clinical utility, quality of educational method, quality of instructor, and time allocation were 4.4+/-0.7, 4.5+/-0.6, 4.3+/-0.6, 4.4+/-0.6, 4.1+/-0.7, respectively. Score of self-confidence of each scan before and after the course were as follows: liver scan, 3.2+/-2.1 to 6.9+/-1.2; gallbladder and bile duct scan 3.0+/-2.5 to 6.9+/-1.2; pancreas scan, 2.4+/-2.1 to 6.3+/-1.3; renal scan, 3.6+/-2.6 to 7.6+/-1.3. Evaluation scores were followed up after two months to one year to estimate self confidence of each scan.
were as follows: liver scan, 6.1+/-1.5; gallbladder and bile duct scan, 6.5+/-1.6; pancreas scan, 5.5+/-1.8; renal scan, 7.2+/-1.5.
The Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Course is a fairly successful course. But continuous improvement of educational content, and development of an objective evaluation tool need to be done.
Key words: Ultrasonography, Education, Republic of Korea
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