Development of an Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Course in Korea: 1-Year Experience
응급초음파코스-복부과정의 개발과 1년의 경험
김, 정수; 조, 영순; 김, 영식; 하, 영록; 강, 보승; 정, 현수; 박, 유석; 안, 정환; 도, 한호; 홍, 훈표
Taehan Ŭnggup Ŭihakhoe chi, 21(3):382-387, 2010
Taehan Ŭnggup Ŭihakhoe chi; Journal of the Korean Society of Emergency Medicine; 대한응급의학회지
Purpose: This report describes our 1-year experience with an emergency abdominal ultrasound course that we developed for emergency medicine residents and physicians.
Methods: The five-hour course consisted of didactic lectures and hands-on practice. A 1-hour didactic lecture was provided. The lecture consisted of basic ultrasound physics and principles, and anatomy for abdominal ultrasound. In the hands-on session, the instructors demonstrated the abdominal ultrasound techniques and then the students practiced on standard patients. Participants evaluated the programs using a five or ten point Likert scale. After two months to one year, the participants evaluated the usefulness of the course, their knowledge, and their self confidence.
Results: A total of 61 trainees participated in eight courses. The evaluation scores for overall quality of content, clinical utility, quality of educational method, quality of instructor, and time allocation were 4.4±0.7, 4.5±0.6, 4.3±0.6, 4.4±0.6, 4.1±0.7, respectively. Score of self-confidence of each scan before and after the course were as follows: liver scan, 3.2±2.1 to 6.9±1.2; gallbladder and bile duct scan 3.0±2.5 to 6.9±1.2; pancreas scan, 2.4±2.1 to 6.3±1.3; renal scan, 3.6±2.6 to 7.6±1.3. Evaluation scores were followed up after two months to one year to estimate self confidence of each scan. Results were as follows: liver scan, 6.1±1.5; gallbladder and bile duct scan, 6.5±1.6; pancreas scan, 5.5±1.8; renal scan, 7.2±1.5.
Conclusion: The Emergency Abdominal Ultrasound Course is a fairly successful course. But continuous
improvement of educational content, and development of an objective evaluation tool need to be done.
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