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J Crit Care. 2017 Aug;40:99-102. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.03.020. Epub 2017 Mar 27.

Outcomes from extensive training in critical care echocardiography: Identifying the optimal number of practice studies required to achieve competency.

Author information

1
Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Electronic address: smillington@toh.on.ca.
2
Western University, London, Ontario, Canada.
3
Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada.
4
University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
5
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, Hempstead, NY, USA.
6
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA.
7
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Optimal instruction and assessment of critical care ultrasound (CCUS) skills requires an assessment tool to measure learner competency and changes over time. In this study, a previously published tool was used to monitor the development of critical care echocardiography (CCE) competencies, the attainment of performance plateaus, and the extent to which previous experience influenced learning.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

A group of experts used the Rapid Assessment of Competency in Echocardiography (RACE) scale to rate a large pool of CCE studies performed by novices in a longitudinal design. A total of 380 studies performed by twelve learners were assessed; each study was independently rated by two experts.

RESULTS:

Learners demonstrated improvement in mean RACE scores over time, with peak performance occurring early in training and a performance plateau thereafter. Learners with little experience received the greatest benefit from training, with an average performance plateau reached at the twentieth study.

CONCLUSIONS:

Supporting earlier results, the RACE scale provided a straightforward means to assess learner performance with minimal requirements for evaluator training. The results of the present study suggest that novices experience the greatest gains in competency during their first twenty practice studies, a threshold which should serve to guide training initiatives.

KEYWORDS:

Critical care; Intensive care; Medical curricula; Medical education; Point-of-care; Ultrasound

PMID:
28365544
DOI:
10.1016/j.jcrc.2017.03.020
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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