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Elective Title: 93ZE760 — CLINICAL ULTRASOUND


Clinical ultrasound has become an invaluable tool for assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients in the emergency care setting. During this elective, participants will learn the basics of point of care ultrasound. Topics covered include: basic physics, knobology, eFAST, cardiac, first trimester OB, aorta, gallbladder, DVT and vascular access. The course will be limited to one student at a time, about five students throughout the year. Portions of the elective will be online learning modules that will require completion prior to hands-on scanning lessons. The hands-on portion of the elective will be six scanning sessions in the emergency department with US faculty, US fellow or resident teachers. The student will be expected to present an interesting case/critical appraisal at the end of the elective. They will be graded on their ability to perform two scans and appropriately interpret their images. They will also be graded by an end of rotation exam.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Audrey Herbert (auherber@iu.edu)

Director: Audrey Herbert, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Obtain and accurately interpret basic cardiac imaging/images (PC3)
  • 2) Obtain and accurately interpret first trimester OB imaging/images (PC3)
  • 3) Obtain and accurately interpret trauma ultrasound (eFAST) imaging/images (PC3)
  • 4) Obtain and accurately interpret aorta ultrasound imaging/images (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; Assessment will be done via multiple methods including (IUEM SDOT for eFAST exam): 1. A multiple-choice test. The questions will cover topics taught in the online lectures and during bedside teaching. 2. A hands-on assessment. The student will be asked to perform two of the ultrasound exams that were taught. Students will be graded on their ability to acquire appropriate images and correctly interpret the images in an OSCE/SDOT format. 3. Oral presentation. Students will be graded on their case presentation/critical appraisal. 4. Independent scanning. Must complete 50 scans independently with all required views and accurate interpretations. 5. The student must attain a score of 80% on each learning module in order to pass the clerkship.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status only

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 65% Clinical; 25% Lecture/Seminar; 10% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Audrey Herbert (auherber@iu.edu)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None