Point-of-Care Ultrasound and Procedural Instruction in the Family Medicine Clerkship: A CERA Study

M. Rebecca Hoffman, Georgia S. Mueller Luckey, Jenenne Geske

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BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) education has become a mainstay in resident education in multiple specialties, including family medicine (FM), but literature regarding the use of POCUS during clinical medical student education is lacking. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether and how POCUS education is conducted in FM clerkships in the United States and Canada and how it compares to more traditional FM clinical procedural instruction. METHODS: As part of the 2020 Council of Academic Family Medicine's Educational Research Alliance survey of FM clerkship directors, we surveyed clerkship directors in the United States and Canada about whether and how POCUS education, as well as other procedural instruction in their institutions and FM clerkships, was conducted. We included questions regarding POCUS and other procedural use by preceptors and faculty. RESULTS: We found that 13.9% of clerkship directors reported structured POCUS education during clerkship, while 50.5% included other procedural training. The survey revealed that 65% of clerkship directors felt that POCUS was an important component of FM, but this was not a predictor of POCUS use in personal or preceptor practice nor of its inclusion in FM clerkship education. CONCLUSIONS: Structured POCUS education is a rare component of FM clerkship education; while more than half of clerkship directors felt that POCUS was important for FM, few used it personally or included it in clerkship education. As POCUS continues to be integrated into medical education in FM, the clerkship may represent an opportunity to expand POCUS exposure for students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)460-466
Number of pages7
JournalFamily Medicine
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Family Practice


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