Medical Ultrasonography for Students at Emory (MUSE)
Within the next decade, physicians and other healthcare providers will be using portable ultrasound devices in their daily practice. Emory University School of Medicine began training medical students in medical ultrasonography through a four-year curriculum in 2010. Dr. William Manson, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine worked with Dr. Kyle Peterson who directed the anatomy course and Dr. Lisa Bernstein, director of the "Becoming a Doctor" course to integrate ultrasound training into the first year curriculum. Ultrasound is used in this setting to highlight anatomy and provide clinical correlation.
The program, affectionately known as MUSE, involves all medical students starting with an entering M1 class. Each class receives hands-on experience with portable ultrasound throughout their four-year medical student experience, increasing the level of ultrasound education in concert with advancing medical education. Ultrasound adds life to the educational experience of our students during passive teaching modalities such as lectures and during active teaching sessions such as small group presentations and skill acquisition labs. Emory's program provides students with the skills to advance their ability to formulate a more informed differential diagnosis and more safely perform many of the clinical procedures that are required of them. In the next decade, the use of hand held ultrasound devices will spread and become a widely used adjunct in medical practice. MUSE is at the cutting edge of educational program that will prepare our students to take advantage of this rapidly evolving technology.