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Daniel Bacon, Co-Director

Keri Cowles, Co-Director

Sheryl Jordan, MD, Co-Director

John Doughton, MD, Co-Director

Overview and Application Process

Importance of this Curriculum

Due to its low cost and low risk to patients, point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) has become one of the most important diagnostic tools in clinical practice, with applications in nearly every specialty and subspecialty.  There is a growing body of research surrounding the use of ultrasound as a valuable educational tool for medical students to enhance their understanding of anatomy, physiology, physical exam techniques, and diagnostic skills.  Furthermore, because diagnostic ultrasonography is an operator-dependent imaging modality, it is suggested that formal ultrasound training in medical school will improve patient safety by giving medical students the opportunity to solidify their skills in a longitudinal manner before the time constraints that they will experience in residency.


Our goal is to provide an opportunity for interested students to make ultrasound a defining characteristic of their medical school experience. We envision that scholarly concentration students will become ultrasound leaders and educators at their prospective residency programs, and that they will be able to use point of care ultrasound to answer practical and clinically relevant questions on day one of residency.

Secondarily, this curriculum provides students the opportunity to develop a longitudinal portfolio of ultrasound scans, participate in an ultrasound elective, and conduct scholarly work in ultrasound-related research or educational innovation.


No minimum requirements to apply.  Due to the structure of the curriculum, we will only accept students during their first year in Foundation Phase.  Students will be accepted through a competitive application process in the fall of their MS1 year with scholarly concentration curriculum beginning in the summer after MS1 year.

Program Structure and Highlights

Distinct components beyond the school of medicine curriculum:

  • Ultrasound skill development curriculum in the Summer/Early Fall after MS1 year.
  • Elective credit in ultrasound: Fulfilled either by enrolling for credit during the summer curriculum after MS1 year or by elective credit in an ultrasound clinical elective during Individualization Phase.
  • Ultrasound scan portfolio
  • Final project in ultrasound-related research or educational innovation

Foundation Phase

The only responsibility during Foundation Phase unique to SCP students is participation in the summer curriculum after MS1 year.  In this summer curriculum, students will advance foundational skills in ultrasound developed during their first year in medical school.  This course will also allow for the start of their ultrasound scan portfolio.

Application Phase

The Application Phase is intentionally flexible to allow students to focus on their primary clinical responsibilities.  Students will be encouraged to utilize ultrasound skills in self-directed manner as often as possible which will allow for development of their ultrasound portfolio.

Individualization Phase

Completion of scan portfolio: Students will continue to archive ultrasounds for their portfolio and receive faculty feedback. The number of scans required across different organ systems is to be determined, and will be tailored as much as possible toward the students career aspirations.

Final project in ultrasound: Students will be required to conduct ultrasound related research or engage in educational innovation or teaching within the school of medicine.  Students will work closely with faculty leadership as they develop ideas for their final projects.  Educational projects could include the development of clinical/teaching electives, learning modules, as well as assisting faculty in teaching ultrasound to students earlier on in the curriculum. The end-product will be a publication or oral presentation and will ideally also be submitted to local, regional, or national societies for scholarly presentation.

Clinical elective in ultrasound: As discussed above, students may participate in an ultrasound-focused clinical elective during their MS4 year.  This elective would fulfill the elective credit required by the scholarly concentration if students elect to not enroll for credit in the summer elective after their MS1 year.