The ultrasound challenge: a novel approach to medical student ultrasound education

J Ultrasound Med. 2012 Dec;31(12):2013-6. doi: 10.7863/jum.2012.31.12.2013.


Undergraduate ultrasound education is becoming increasingly important to medical student development; as a result, innovative training methods are being designed and implemented. The Ultrasound Challenge was created to help students learn core ultrasound techniques and apply them in a friendly competition where they showcase their abilities. The Ultrasound Challenge consisted of 6 events: focused assessment with sonography for trauma, cardiac ultrasound, aortic ultrasound, pelvic ultrasound, vascular access, and musculoskeletal ultrasound. Thirty-three students from all 4 years of medical school participated. Medical center residents and faculty served as judges. The Ultrasound Challenge successfully provided medical students with ultrasound experience for future clinical endeavors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Education, Medical, Undergraduate / methods*
  • Ultrasonics / education*