ERIC Number: EJ1064214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Reference Count: 10
Chest Ultrasound Integrated Teaching of Respiratory System Physiology to Medical Students: A First Experience
Paganini, M.; Rubini, A.
Advances in Physiology Education, v39 n2 p129-130 Jun 2015
Ultrasound imaging is a useful diagnostic technique that has spread among several different medical specialties within the last few years. Initially restricted to radiology, cardiology, obstetrics, and gynecology, today it is widely used by many specialists, especially in critical care. New graduate physicians will need to be comfortable with ultrasound technologies and competent in the interpretation of ultrasound images for the well-being of patients, so the ultrasound technique has been included in current clinical teaching to medical students at university, but most of the time only by showing images or videos, without adding practical activities. The goals of the authors were to integrate chest ultrasound into the traditional teaching of the respiratory system physiology and to evaluate if it was possible, in terms of practicality and time spent. In November 2013, at the end of the course in human physiology, third-year medical students attended an ultrasound-integrated lecture at the Medical University of Padova (Padova, Italy). All students had previously passed the human anatomy exam, taken during the second academic year. The lectures were delivered by an expert sonographer physician (M. Paganini) supported by the professor (A. Rubini) of human physiology. Each lecture lasted 45 min and was divided into three parts. The lectures are discussed in this article.
Descriptors: Physiology, Human Body, Medical Students, Clinical Diagnosis, Medical Education, Integrated Activities, Lecture Method, Visual Aids, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Italy