Point-of-Care Ultrasound in General Surgery Residency Training: A Proposal for Milestones in Graduate Medical Education Ultrasound

J Ultrasound Med. 2017 Dec;36(12):2577-2584. doi: 10.1002/jum.14298. Epub 2017 Jun 26.


The use of point-of-care ultrasound (US) in the clinical setting has undergone massive growth, although its incorporation into training and practice is variable. Surgeons are interested in using point-of-care US and can incorporate it effectively into clinical practice. However, the current state of point-of-care US training in general surgery is inadequate. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education introduced the Milestones Project to evaluate resident and fellow performance. Emergency medicine is the only specialty with a point-of-care US milestone. We have successfully implemented a US training program into our general surgery residency curriculum and now propose milestones in point-of-care US for all general surgery residents.

Keywords: general surgery; milestones; point-of-care ultrasound.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / methods*
  • Educational Measurement / methods*
  • General Surgery / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Ultrasonography / methods*
  • United States