Introduction: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) education is growing throughout medical education, but many institutions lack POCUS-trained faculty. Interprofessional education offers a strategy for expanding the pool of available teachers while providing an opportunity for collaboration between health professional students. Methods: Six students enrolled in the diagnostic medical sonography (DMS) program participated in a case-based, train-the-trainer session to practice a standardized approach for POCUS instruction. They then served as coaches to 25 first-year internal medicine residents learning to perform ultrasound exams of the kidneys, bladder, and aorta. Course assessment included an objective structured exam (OSCE), coaching evaluations, and course evaluations. Results: Residents scored an average of 81% (71.3 out of 88 points, SD = 7.5) on the OSCE. Residents rated the DMS student-coaches positively on all teacher evaluation questions. Both the residents and DMS student-coaches gave positive course evaluations scores. Discussion: An interprofessional workshop with DMS students coaching internal medicine residents was an effective strategy for teaching POCUS skills. This approach may offer a solution for programs wanting to implement POCUS training with limited faculty expertise or time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11181
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - 2021


  • Clinical Skills Assessment/OSCEs
  • Clinical Teaching/Bedside Teaching
  • Interprofessional Education
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound
  • Simulation
  • Ultrasonography
  • Ultrasound Skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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