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Integration of Ultrasound into Medical Professional Education


‘POCUS is becoming so commonly used now, that health care professionals are having to do a lot of continuing education to get up to speed with the subject.‘  – Jeannine Noble, PT, MS, RMSK

Jeannine Noble, PT, MS, RMSK and Malka Stromer, RDMS of Sound Sports Imaging, LLC  discuss how one medical school has worked to integrate ultrasound into their curriculum with an interdisciplinary, multi-tiered approach. Ultrasound education in medical schools has been going on for a few years now, but it is essential to begin ultrasound integration into the curriculum of other health care professionals such as physical therapy, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, etc. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is becoming so commonly used now, that health care professionals are having to do a lot of continuing education to get up to speed with the subject.  If this pedagogy is taking place at their educational institution, then upon graduation, these practitioners will immediately take advantage of the tool and enhance patient care!

Jeannine Noble, PT, MS, RMSK received her physical therapy degree at Arizona School of Health Sciences (A T Still University of Health Sciences) in 1999. In the final semester of school, she was introduced to musculoskeletal ultrasound and found it to be a unique specialty in ultrasound that incorporated the anatomy background of physical therapy. Although there was very little written about musculoskeletal ultrasound in 2000, she was fortunate enough to work with physicians who saw the benefits of this new diagnostic tool. Jeannine has performed too many scans to count in multiple specialty practices including orthopedic, physical medicine and rehab and podiatry. She has also done training for Healcerion, GE, Esaote and Ezono. She has conducted trainings for private practices and large groups. She has worked on research projects at Midwestern University, A T Still and various private entities. Most recently Jeannine and her business partner, Malka Stromer,  have been working with the faculty at Midwestern and A T Still helping to implement a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) program. The goal of this program is to introduce ultrasound to the osteopathic students and assist them in becoming proficient users of ultrasound for basic diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Malka Stromer, RDMS is a registered diagnostic medical sonographer whose clinical skills were fostered at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai’s Center of Excellence in Obstetrical Ultrasound, in Toronto, Canada. Malka has spent the past 13 years of her career sharing her enthusiasm for sonography as a professor, first at her alma mater, Mohawk College (the collaborative Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences) and then at Gateway Community College in Phoenix, Arizona. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Education from York University in Toronto, Canada. Malka has spoken at various professional events and educational institutions on topics including sonography of the bowel and her research in the ethics of obstetrical ultrasound. She has authored a chapter in a sonography text, and has won a research award through the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and most recently the John and Suanne Rouche Excellence Award through the League for Innovation in the Community Colleges. Malka is owner of Sound Sports Imaging, LLC and together with her colleague, Jeannine Noble, now teaches POCUS and MSK ultrasound to health care professionals around the world.

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