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Elective Title: 84YF760 — POINT OF CARE ULTRASOUND


The student will have an introduction to ultrasonography and its point of care application. The student will complete didactic sessions learning the basic principles of ultrasound, knobology, and the clinical uses of bedside point of care ultrasound. The student will observe ultrasound in a variety of clinical settings including the hospital radiology department, cardiovascular imaging laboratory, obstetric sonography laboratory, emergency department, and simulation center. The student will perform hands on point of care ultrasound in simulation and clinical settings under the guidance of ultrasonography and physician faculty. The student will be expected to gain an understanding of point of care ultrasound and to gain experience in performing bedside point of care ultrasound. Point of care areas will include trauma, limited echocardiography, E-Fast, renal, hepatobiliary, 1st trimester pregnancy, gynecology, deep venous thrombosis, ocular, pediatric, musculoskeletal, and vascular access. Additional areas may include peripheral nerve blocks, musculoskeletal, 2nd/3rd trimester pregnancy, and critical care.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu)

Director: Michael Gamble, M.D.; MBA; RDMS

Campus: Terre Haute

Location: IUSM- Terre Haute

Learning Objectives

  • • Demonstrate understanding of ultrasound principles and explain the basic physical properties of ultrasound (SBP4)
    • Describe the advantages and limitations of ultrasound when compared to other imaging modalities (MK4)
    • Describe various types of ultrasound guided diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (MK4)
    • Demonstrate proper technique and utilization of ultrasound equipment (PC5)
    • Describe the appropriate use and application of targeted point of care ultrasound examinations (PC3)
    • Demonstrate the ability to recognize and differentiate basic normal and abnormal sonographic anatomy (MK3)
    • Demonstrate correlation of exam findings with treatment plans for patients (PC3)
    • Demonstrate understanding of the role of point of care ultrasound in bedside procedures (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th Year Status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical; 25% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: PD- Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Heather LeBrun (heather.lebrun@indstate.edu) The course will be conducted at IUSM- Terre Haute and affiliated clinical facilities.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None