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Abstract: FR-PO063

Nephrologist-Led Cardiac Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) Workshop Using High-Fidelity Simulation: Insights and Observations

Session Information

  • Educational Research
    November 03, 2023 | Location: Exhibit Hall, Pennsylvania Convention Center
    Abstract Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Category: Educational Research

  • 1000 Educational Research


  • Koratala, Abhilash, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Paudel, Hari R., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
  • Regner, Kevin R., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Cardiac point of-care-ultrasonography (POCUS) is an integral component of bedside volume status assessment. We sought to explore the effectiveness of a short simulation-based POCUS workshop for medical students taught by a nephrologist.


Workshops were conducted for two different groups of 4th year medical students with a total of 25 attendees. The workshop consisted of a 1-hour lecture followed by 15 minutes of cardiac anatomy simulation and a 2-2.5-hour hands-on session in the simulation laboratory [Fig 1]. An anonymous pre-course survey comprising of 10 questions assessing the interpretation of common greyscale POCUS findings encountered in patients with undifferentiated hypotension was performed. A post-course exam and feedback survey were also administered.


23 and 20 students answered the pre- and post-course surveys, respectively. The mean total score on the pre-test was 63.8% + 13.6%, which significantly increased to 91.5% + 10.5% on the post-test (P<.001). 90% of the respondents strongly agreed that the cardiac anatomy simulation improved their understanding of the cardiac sonographic anatomy. 75% strongly agreed that the hands-on simulation enhanced their confidence in image acquisition and interpretation. 70% said they would choose nephrology elective if POCUS training was integrated with it [Fig 2].


A Nephrologist-led diagnostic POCUS workshop using simulation techniques is effective may increase medical student interest in Nephrology elective rotations


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