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PoCUS – Point of Care Ultrasound

Why Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS)?

Ultrasound is an imaging tool that can be used in the classroom, lab or at the bedside to help students learn anatomy, physiology and pathology in a more dynamic way than traditional methods. By allowing students to actually visualize underlying anatomic structures, physical exam techniques can be verified in real time while learning these skills. Ultrasound can also provide a visual representation of different physiologic and pathologic states, complementing traditional teaching methodologies.  

Because point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) has and continues to see significant growth within an ever-increasing array of medical specialties, learning how to use and perform PoCUS exams will give students an edge as they move into residency and ultimately clinical practice.  

Hear from Dr. Paul Wallach, Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Institutional Improvement, about why evolving technologies like PoCUS are so critical in medical education. “We want to embrace the very best of what becomes available for the care of our patients and the education of our learners and be quick to include these high-quality approaches in our educational program. By doing this, IU School of Medicine is and will remain in the forefront of medical education nationally.”

Curriculum

Students gain skills progressively throughout their four years of training. As students grow their competencies, various levels of assessment will be implemented.  Assessment type could include questions incorporated into unit tests, pre-work quizzes and skills assessment.

Spring 2021 Curriculum

  • Phase 1, Year 1 (To be updated)
  • Phase 1, Year 2 (To be updated)
  • Phase 2 (To be updated)
  • Phase 3 (To be updated)

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Practice PoCUS

Open Labs are scheduled periodically in Gatch Hall on Friday afternoons for M1/M2 students.  See the IUSM Calendar of Events for dates/times/room. 

  • These labs have a qualified instructor available for guidance, if you need assistance. 
  • You must bring another student willing to act as your volunteer patient.  Your volunteer patient must have signed the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through MSAS.  No exceptions. 

Open Labs are scheduled periodically in Fairbanks Hall for M3/M4 students.  See the IUSM Calendar of Events for dates/times/room. 

  • Qualified instructors are not available for assistance during these labs.   
  • You can bring another student willing to act as your volunteer patient.  However, your volunteer patient must have signed the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through MSAS.  No exceptions. 

In addition to open labs, we hope that all of our students will have the opportunity to use PoCUS throughout their clinical training. However, because this technology is new, not all of our physician educators will know how to use PoCUS and incorporate those findings into their clinical practice. Students will need to ask permission of their immediate supervising physician, if PoCUS is appropriate to use while they are under their supervision. It is important for students to respect this decision and remember that clinical use without DIRECT FACULTY SUPERVISION is strictly forbidden. 

Reserve PoCUS Equipment

PoCUS equipment is available for short-term check out for both faculty and students at each campus using the rooms.iu.edu reservation site. However, you must first create a PoCUS account in the rooms.iu.edu site prior to reserving equipment. 

It may take up to 24 hours for your account creation confirmation.  Once confirmed, you are able to reserve equipment through rooms.iu.edu. Please bring the reservation confirmation when you pick up equipment. Follow the instructions carefully for a successful account creation and reservation process.  

Per IU School of Medicine policy, students may use this equipment for educational purposes only. Student use in the clinical setting without direct faculty supervision is strictly prohibited.  Volunteer student patients must have signed the Ultrasound Education Information Sheet and Consent form available through MSAS.  No exceptions. 

See the video below and document for help in getting this process started.

Pick-Up and Return Equipment

Bloomington

When: Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: JH104

Indianapolis

When: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Gatch Hall (Clinical Building), first floor, Room CL 121

PoCUS space at Ruth Lilly Medical Library scheduled to reopen. PPE packets are provided to ensure students are safely practicing.

  • Reminder, reservations are handled through Rooms.iu.edu; an account will need to be established.

Evansville

When: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Second floor of the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences, Office 2005

Fort Wayne

When: Mondays – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The front office, suite 111, in the Med Ed Building

Muncie

When: Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: The Muncie Center Main Office, MT 201

Northwest

When: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Indiana University Northwest – School of Medicine Dunes Medical Professional Building, Room MP 2007

South Bend

When: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Raclin Carmichael Hall, Room 100

Terre Haute

When: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Holmstedt Hall, Room 135, 47809. Email Kimberly Strain at kimblerly.strain@indstate.edu or call 812-237-2777. OR Landsbaum Center for Health Education, Room 219, 47807. Contact Kelsey Zehner at kelsey.zehner@indstate.edu or (812)-237-8763.

West Lafayette

When: Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Lyles-Porter, 2069

Contacts for PoCUS Team Members

Point of Care Ultrasound education is led by a dedicated, multidisciplinary team at IU School of Medicine.