First-year learners introduced to ultrasound technology

ultra-1On Friday, Sept. 20, OHSU’s Gross Anatomy, Imaging and Embryology (GIE) course featured a special lab demonstrating the use of ultrasound to enhance understanding of anatomical relationships.

After a short lecture on the basics of ultrasound by Glenn Woodworth, M.D., assistant professor of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, SoM students (MS1, PA and RT) broke into two groups to either dissect in lab or receive hands-on experience with ultrasound technology at four theme stations.

Each station reviewed one part of the anatomy being studied in the current block: heart, lungs, abdomen, great vessels and brachial plexus.

This effort to introduce ultrasound technology to students early in their training is led by a team of faculty, including Cathy Erickson, M.D., adjunct assistant professor of emergency medicine, Renee Rutledge, M.D., instructor in medicine, Dr. Woodworth, Ryan Petering, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, Erica Mitchell, M.D., associate professor of surgery and William Cameron, Ph.D., associate professor of behavioral neuroscience.

This same group of faculty members will offer a first-ever elective on ultrasound to MS3/4 students this next academic year.

The use of ultrasound technology is one tool among an array of technologies and other tools that the school deploys to enhance student learning and contributes to its investment in simulation that will be rolled out in Richard Jones Hall and the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building over the next year.

Sonosite sponsored the ultrasound machines at each of the stations.