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Point of Care Ultrasound is rapidly becoming standard of care for utilization in real time medical diagnostics and decision making. As such we sought to introduce ultrasound to medical students beginning in their first year and specifically incorporating it to mirror their physical exam teaching in the Practice of Clinical Medicine (PCM) course to help strengthen both their learning of the physical exam while also better understanding the utility of ultrasound use at the bedside. We sought to see if this strategy would result in improved examination scores via testing during their required objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) in the PCM course.
Will integration of ultrasound training in the pre-clinical years improve physical exam skills as measured by OSCE test scores?
Assess if ultrasound improves physical exam skills
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