2nd Annual Conference on Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education

Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) in Norfolk, Virginia, will host the second annual Conference on Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education on March 21-22, 2014.

Sponsored by the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), the conference is intended for anatomy and physiology educators interested in learning about ultrasound and its value in a medical and health professions curriculum. (The first conference was in the spring of 2013, hosted by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.)

With the rapid advances in ultrasound technology and the growing evidence of ultrasound as an effective teaching and point-of-care clinical tool, schools across the country are moving to ensure that this technology is used in the best possible fashion for learners and patients alike. Below is an example of a normal Parasternal Long Axis (PLA) view of the heart. Echocardiography helps students better understand cardiac anatomy and physiology.

Through a combination of presentations and hands-on labs, the Conference on Ultrasound in Anatomy and Physiology Education provides unique learning opportunities to help any educational institution maximize its ultrasound education program.

Why you should attend

The advent of high-resolution, low-cost ultrasound has enabled this technique to become a literal lifesaver in a number of clinical disciplines ranging from emergency medicine and cardiology through to family medicine and ophthalmology.

Progressive medical educators have realized the need to incorporate ultrasound in their medical school curriculums. In addition to its clinical utility, ultrasound can also be used as a powerful teaching tool in basic science education intimately linking concepts and clinic, especially in anatomy and physiology.

We are bringing together leading ultrasound educators and clinicians from around the globe to provide both fundamental and advanced concepts regarding the developmental, technical, and operational aspects of ultrasound and its integration into your evolving medical curriculum. If you are contemplating, planning, or implementing ultrasound into your educational curriculum, you will gain information, approaches and contacts to achieve this goal by attending the conference.

The venue

The conference will be hosted by Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) at its beautiful campus in Norfolk, VA. Attendees can stay at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside hotel, which overlooks the scenic downtown vista. Both EVMS and the hotel are within walking distance of many fine restaurants, shopping malls, boutiques, galleries and the Chrysler and the Nauticus museums. Free transportation from the Sheraton to the EVMS campus and conference special events will be provided. Both the hotel and EVMS are only about 15 minutes from the Norfolk International airport (ORF).

EVMS is home to the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine, internationally known as America’s first in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinic and the facilitator of America’s first IVF baby.

Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, immediate Past President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) and a featured conference speaker, is a leader in global Fetal Maternal Medicine, prenatal diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound education. In the field of echocardiology, Dr. Alex Levitov is a world leader in bedside ultrasound and pulmonology, a critical care medicine specialist and the author of several major clinical ultrasound textbooks.

EVMS is also home to the Theresa A. Thomas Professional Skills Teaching and Assessment Center, one of the first and most robust Standardized Patient (SP) programs in the world. More recently, EVMS has constructed Lester Hall, a building that has a state-of-the-art medical education and simulation center that continues to make a local and global impact in the world of medical simulation.

In, 2012, after a year of planning, EVMS, supported by the administration and an equipment grant from GE’s hand-held ultrasound division, initiated a fully integrated ultrasound curriculum designed to span all four years of medical school.

The program’s format

We have designed a single plenary format with several small group experiences that will allow sufficient time for discussion, questions and hands-on experiences in a comfortable surrounding. During the program we will examine the fundamental issues facing those currently in the process, or planning to deliver, a sustainable undergraduate medical curriculum incorporating ultrasound.

For those with an established ultrasound curriculum, we will offer the chance to both learn new techniques and educational approaches and to network with faculty from new and existing ultrasound programs to find new ways to maintain and extend ultrasound curricular development. Vendors will be present to display and demonstrate current and emerging technologies and tools to assist you in your educational mission.

Leaders in ultrasound from multiple disciplines, including Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Critical Care Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anatomy, Pathology & Physiology, Clinical Ultrasonography and Medical Simulation, will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the many facets of ultrasound education, including: assessment tools, simulators, phantoms, and approaches to enlist clinical and foundational sciences educators, administrators and other institutional experts in facilitating and optimizing the development and delivery of an ultrasound curriculum.