Although bedside ultrasound is listed in the Model of the Clinical Practice of Emergency Medicine as an integral diagnostic procedure, the manner in which the didactic, hands-on, and experiential components of emergency ultrasound are taught is not specifically prescribed by the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RRC-EM) or any single sponsoring group. Seven professional organizations [the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM), the American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP), the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), the Emergency Medicine Residents Association (EMRA), the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), the RRC-EM, and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM)] developed the Scope of Training Task Force, with the goal of identifying emerging areas of clinical importance to the specialty of emergency medicine, including emergency department (ED) ultrasound. The Task Force then identified a group of recognized authorities to thoughtfully address the issue of ED ultrasound training. This report represents a consensus of these identified experts on how emergency ultrasound training should be incorporated into emergency medicine residency programs.
- Emergency medicine