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Taking POCUS Training One Step further in Medical Education: Cadaveric US-Guided Procedure Training

POCUS training is being integrated more often into undergraduate medical education, giving developing clinicians an opportunity to learn transducer handling skills prior to residency. By utilizing resources already available to many medical training institutions, such as formalin-embalmed cadavers, and ultrasound machines, medical trainees can be given the opportunity to take this a step further and practice ultrasound-guided procedures before trying them on live patients. This type of training provides the learner with a safe, hands-on environment free from time constraints or any potential for patient discomfort during training.

During this webinar, Nena Mason, PhD, will discuss the types of ultrasound-guided procedure training opportunities that are possible using formalin-embalmed cadavers and the logistics involved in conducting this these types of training exercises yourself.

Learning objectives:

  1. List several acoustic windows that are sonographically visible in formalin-embalmed tissue
  2. Discuss methods to keep ultrasound equipment safe from damage or contamination when scanning cadaveric materials
  3. Describe the type of equipment and needles one should use when working with cadaveric tissue
  4. Identify the necessary steps in the process of determining if a particular cadaver is suitable for ultrasound-guided procedure training
  5. Describe how to teach trainees to perform procedures using these areas

About Our Speaker

Nena Lundgreen Mason, PhD, is currently an Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Longitudinal Physiology Curriculum Leader, and an Ultrasound Educator at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in Hanover New Hampshire. She earned her Ph.D. in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University and is also an experienced Clinical Anatomist. Dr. Mason spent 8 years prior to her appointment at Geisel teaching physiology and developing and directing clinical gross anatomy and ultrasound education programs at two newly opened medical schools. A celebrated educator, Dr. Mason has been honored with the “Faculty Member of the Year” award for excellence in teaching several times along with other teaching-related accolades throughout her career. She directs an innovative research program in medical education centered around the development of pedagogy in teaching clinical ultrasound skills to medical students using human cadaveric materials. Dr. Mason is also engaged in national service and currently sits on several committees with the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy.


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