Evaluation of a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop in the Family Medicine Clerkship.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The family medicine (FM) clerkship is appropriate for incorporating musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) education, as many outpatient visits in primary care occur for musculoskeletal (MSK) concerns. Despite rising popularity of point-of-care imaging in primary care, ultrasound (US) training in medical education is limited due to lack of resources and time. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of an MSKUS workshop in the FM clerkship through student self-evaluations.
METHODS: Seventy-five medical students enrolled in the FM clerkship during the 2019-2020 academic year participated in hands-on MSKUS workshops staffed by faculty, residents, and a fellow. Workshops coincided with FM residency didactic teaching, allowing for protected time to host US training. Of workshop participants, 98.6% completed both pre- and postworkshop evaluations assessing confidence and acceptability of the workshop (rated on a 0-10 Likert scale, where higher scores represent more confidence or greater benefit, respectively).
RESULTS: Students noted increased confidence with use of ultrasound, recognition of MSK structures, and performance of landmark-guided procedures (preworkshop 2.6±1.6; postworkshop 7.4±1.1). Students endorsed high levels of agreement in the benefit of the workshop to their education (9.4±1.3) and MSK understanding (9.4±1.2).
CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates the benefit of an MSKUS workshop as part of the FM clerkship and addresses previously identified challenges to providing US education. Results suggest a short-term benefit from an MSKUS workshop in confidence in MSKUS knowledge and satisfaction with the curriculum.
Published In/Presented At
Ferderber, M. L., Vann, K., Tzaras, A., Hadadi, N., & Gilbird, R. M. (2022). Evaluation of a Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop in the Family Medicine Clerkship. Family medicine, 54(1), 54–57. https://doi.org/10.22454/FamMed.2022.378370
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Family Medicine, Sports Medicine Division