University of South Carolina School of Medicine hosts first-ever conference on ultrasound in anatomy and physiology education

by on April 1, 2013

Anatomists and physiologists from around the world were introduced to the potential of ultrasound in medical education during the First Conference on Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education, March 22-23 in Columbia, S.C.

The event, hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and sponsored by the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), brought together many of the leading experts in ultrasound education and representatives from five major anatomy and physiology societies.

“As ultrasound becomes more common in medical education, both across the nation and across the world, it is essential that educators from the disciplines of anatomy and physiology come together to set the course for the incorporation of ultrasound into medical education,” said Michael Blaivas, M.D., an emergency medicine physician and president of SUSME.

More than 60 attendees from as far away as Israel enjoyed two days of educational presentations and hands-on training in ultrasound. Among the topics addressed were the history and integration of ultrasound into medical education, how to establish an ultrasound curriculum, software and equipment needs, the imaging potential of ultrasound and an orientation in using the technology.

During workshop sessions, participants enjoyed interactive demonstrations on how to use ultrasound equipment to obtain images of the heart, lungs, knee, liver and more. The hands-on experience provided attendees the opportunity to apply their knowledge of anatomy and physiology to a clinical ultrasound setting.

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine’s Ultrasound Institute provided the ideal setting for demonstrations and hands-on training. The institute is equipped with the latest advancements in ultrasound simulation and imaging technology and is the training lab for the School of Medicine’s ultrasound education and research programs. USC is in its seventh year of a fully integrated ultrasound curriculum across all four years of medical school.

“The University of South Carolina School of Medicine has been fortunate to gain global recognition for its innovative ultrasound program,” said Richard Hoppmann, M.D., dean of the USC School of Medicine. “It is an honor to showcase our institution to some of the top anatomy and physiology educators in the world and provide a venue for further discussion and exploration of ultrasound in medical education.”

A leadership panel included representatives from the American Association of Anatomists, American Association of Clinical Anatomists, American Physiological Society, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society and the International Association of Medical Science Educators.

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March 28, 2013

Panel Discussion 

Conference Participants

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