Building a bigger tent in point-of-care ultrasound education: A mixed-methods evaluation of interprofessional, near-peer teaching of internal medicine residents by sonography students

Christopher J. Smith, Tabatha Matthias, Elizabeth Beam, Kathryn Wampler, Lea Pounds, Devin Nickol, Kristy Carlson, Kimberly Michael

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Abstract

Background: Point-of-care-ultrasound (POCUS) training is expanding in undergraduate and graduate medical education, but lack of trained faculty is a major barrier. Two strategies that may help mitigate this obstacle are interprofessional education (IPE) and near-peer teaching. The objective of this study was to evaluate a POCUS course in which diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) students served as near-peer teachers for internal medicine residents (IMR) learning to perform abdominal sonography. Methods: Prior to the IPE workshop, DMS students participated in a train-the-trainer session to practice teaching and communication skills via case-based simulation. DMS students then coached first-year IMR to perform POCUS examinations of the kidney, bladder, and gallbladder on live models. A mixed-methods evaluation of the interprofessional workshop included an objective structured clinical exam (OSCE), course evaluation, and qualitative analysis of focus group interviews. Results: Twenty-four of 24 (100%) IMR completed the OSCE, averaging 97.7/107 points (91.3%) (SD 5.2). Course evaluations from IMR and DMS students were globally positive. Twenty three of 24 residents (96%) and 6/6 DMS students (100%) participated in focus group interviews. Qualitative analysis identified themes related to the learning environment, scanning technique, and suggestions for improvement. IMR felt the interprofessional training fostered a positive learning environment and that the experience complimented traditional faculty-led workshops. Both groups noted the importance of establishing mutual understanding of expectations and suggested future workshops have more dedicated time for DMS student demonstration of scanning technique. Conclusion: An interprofessional, near-peer workshop was an effective strategy for teaching POCUS to IMR. This approach may allow broader adoption of POCUS in medical education, especially when faculty expertise is limited.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number321
JournalBMC Medical Education
Volume18
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 27 2018

Keywords

  • Interprofessional education
  • Peer-teaching
  • Point-of-care ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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