EMMD 7512

Bedside Ultrasound


Alejandra Melgarejo
Course Coordinator


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    Catalog Description: This 4-week elective will introduce students to bedside ultrasound. Bedside ultrasound is best learned at the bedside. Students will learn basics of ultrasound and will perform clinical ultrasounds in the Emergency Departments of UMMC - Fairview, HCMC and Regions Hospital. While individual lectures, individual reading and online instruction will play a role in the learning, the majority of the rotation will be spent in the emergency departments at Fairview, Regions Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center. Bedside teaching will be facilitated by the course directors, Drs. Reardon and Zwank as well as ultrasound fellows, ultrasound technicians and emergency medicine residents.

    The student will perform a minimum of 75 ultrasound scans. The specific goals include 25 FAST ultrasound exams, 25 cardiac ultrasound exams and 25 other ultrasound exams which can include but are not limited to aorta, OB, vascular, ocular or procedure guidance. If the student is present for an entire exam performed by another individual or assists in the performance of an exam, they may take credit for that exam. All studies will be carefully recorded and logged.
    A written pre-test will be given as well as a written and hands-on post-test.

    Sites:  Students will do 5 shifts at each of the following sites:

    • FU: UMMC, 516 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
    • HC: Hennepin County Medical Center, 701 Park Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
    • RH: Regions Hospital, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101
    • OL: Online learning

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-S, varied shifts, including days, evenings and overnights, working directly with physicians, residents and patients

    Direct patient care: Not for 20-21

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling. 

    Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

    • Understand the basic physics and principles of application
    • Begin developing an ability to acquire standard images and to recognize pathology related to the following core applications:
    • FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) as it relates to trauma and undifferentiated hypotension
    • Cardiac as it relates to tamponade and gross cardiac function
    • Aorta/AAA as it relates to undifferentiated hypotension
    • Identification of early intrauterine pregnancy via transabdominal sonography
    • Cannulation of blood vessels under ultrasound guidance
    • Become familiar with other common applications such as biliary, urinary tract, deep venous thrombosis of the extremity, soft-tissue/musculoskeletal, thoracic, ocular and procedural guidance
    • Develop an understanding of the limitations of bedside ultrasound

    Graded Components: 

    • Clinical Assessment by the attending
    • Final Examination

    Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


    Course Personnel:  Dr. Rob Reardon, Co-Director

    Allow repetition of course:  Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

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