Family Medicine Ultrasound

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Faculty physician teaching medical student and resident how to do an echocardiography or heart ultrasound.

Dates: March 2, 2017; October 12, 2017

Location: West Bank Office Building

Family Medicine Ultrasound serves as an introduction to family medicine ultrasound. Participants learn and practice techniques through lecture and hands-on training taught by faculty.

Topics

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Biometry
  • Focused assessment with sonography in trauma (FAST)
  • Interactive problems (cases)
  • Physics, knobology, and safety

Registration

Registration is for non-University of Minnesota family medicine residents, medical students, and community physicians or healthcare professionals. Fees include tuition, syllabus, parking, continental breakfast, refreshments, and lunch.

1. Please contact us first to reserve a spot and to confirm the date and location:

2. Fill out and submit the 2017-18 Course Registration Form

Course learning objectives

Basic physics and safety

Basic physics and safety

  • State the physical principles behind diagnostic ultrasound
  • Show the difference between image and artifact
  • State the biological effects and potential for harm in performing diagnostic ultrasound
  • Demonstrate correct use of the knobs
  • Describe basic transducer designs and the advantage/disadvantages of each
  • Define ALARA

Fetal biometry

Fetal biometry

  • Understand the accuracy of the various means of dating a pregnancy
  • Know which views of the fetus are commonly used for ultrasound biometry measurements
  • Describe placental placement from normal to complete previa
  • Describe the three cardinal signs of acute placental abruption

Interactive problems

Interactive problems

  • Apply knowledge of congenital anomalies to identify abnormal ultrasound images
  • Evaluate clinical cases and suggest management strategies
  • Maintain activation of the Reticular Activating System

FAST & AAA exams

FAST & AAA exams

  • List the indications and limitations for the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) and AAA (Abdominal Aortic Aneursym) exams 
  • State the technique for the FAST and AAA exams
  • Demonstrate proper technique for the FAST and AAA exams
  • Show normal and abnormal finds of the FAST and AAA exams

Hands‐on practice

Hands‐on practice

  • Perform independent “quick look” exam on pregnant patients
  • Practice biometry and fetal survey on pregnant patients
  • Practice FAST and AAA exams on course participants

Photo release

We may take photos of instructors and learners at our programmatic courses, and these may appear in the department’s and/or University of Minnesota’s marketing and promotional materials (e.g., brochures, posters, social media, websites, etc.). Your attendance constitutes your permission and consent for photography subsequent usage. If you do not want to be photographed, please let us know by contacting Heidi Cerdas Monge, MBA, 612-625-0953, hcerdasm@umn.edu.