We are wrapping up our interview with guests Janelle Bludorn and Laura Blesse-Hampton as part of a collaborative series with the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound (SPOCUS) and Practical POCUS with this portion discussing the logistics of integrating ultrasound into a program.
In both Podcasts #129 and #130 we have talked about why and how to integrate ultrasound into your educational program. However, there are some logistical aspects that can become a headache and are worth discussing. As a quick reminder, this podcast series is beneficial to not only those in an academic program but are beneficial to anyone teaching ultrasound.
As always, listen to the podcast for all of the details, but here are some of the key highlights:
Examples of incidental findings policies:
It is possible that during a student’s course of study incidental findings may be noted. These incidental findings may include previously known or previously unknown pathological findings or normal variants. These discoveries may occur in physical examination, point of care ultrasound, or laboratory sessions, among other educational settings. When an incidental finding is noted, faculty should maintain confidentiality and instruct the student to follow up with his/her primary care provider, student health, or emergency services, as indicated for diagnosis and consideration of management. It is important to note that the UNC-CH PA program faculty, the Program Director and the Medical Director are not allowed to access health records or provide medical care to students, unless in the event of an emergency, but they may facilitate referrals to health facilities.
Standardized Patient Overview
The Baldwin Wallace Physician Assistant Program utilizes Standardized Patients for educational activities, including, but not limited to, student sessions and exams. I understand that for educational purposes only I will be interviewed and/or examined by one or more Physician Assistant students. I will undergo routine medical interviews and/or physical examinations that do not involve invasive procedures, noxious stimuli, or medications. I understand that the exercises are for education only and not for my health care. At no time may I be diagnosed or treated by any Baldwin Wallace student or personnel while acting as a volunteer. I understand that if an incidental finding is noted, it will be recommended that I follow up with my primary care provider or emergency services.
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