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Table 6 Lessons learned/recommendations for starting a medical student ultrasound program

From: An integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) for medical students: 4-year experience

Start small
Work with course and clerkship directors to determine a limited number of ultrasound objectives initially and expand each year
Timing
Introduce the students to ultrasound and the instrumentation during orientation week, if possible—a great orientation activity and facilitates the transition to ultrasound in formal course work
Open laboratory sessions
Offer open ultrasound practice sessions during times when the students are not as rushed with other curricula demands
Faculty
Faculty champions in multiple disciplines will be necessary for a truly integrated curriculum; faculty development will be needed; ultrasound education can be an academic niche
Student feedback
Provide regular opportunities for students to give feedback on the program and share results with the faculty and administration—important for ongoing support of the program
Student–patient interaction
An opportunity for “clinical time” in the first 2 years and faculty role modeling
Content and resources
Need not develop all teaching material in-house; pursue multiple options for acquiring ultrasound systems: buy, lease, grants, partnerships, donors
Student recruiting
Advertise your ultrasound program to medical school applicants; can give you a recruiting edge