CORD-AEUS: consensus document for the emergency ultrasound milestone project

Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Jul;20(7):740-5. doi: 10.1111/acem.12164.


In 2012, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) designated ultrasound (US) as one of 23 milestone competencies for emergency medicine (EM) residency graduates. With increasing scrutiny of medical educational programs and their effect on patient safety and health care delivery, it is imperative to ensure that US training and competency assessment is standardized. In 2011, a multiorganizational committee composed of representatives from the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the Ultrasound Section of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association was formed to suggest standards for resident emergency ultrasound (EUS) competency assessment and to write a document that addresses the ACGME milestones. This article contains a historical perspective on resident training in EUS and a table of core skills deemed to be a minimum standard for the graduating EM resident. A survey summary of focused EUS education in EM residencies is described, as well as a suggestion for structuring education in residency. Finally, adjuncts to a quantitative measurement of resident competency for EUS are offered.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation / standards*
  • Clinical Competence*
  • Consensus
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / standards
  • Male
  • Physician Executives / organization & administration
  • Quality of Health Care / standards
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / standards*
  • United States