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Ultrasound J. 2020 Mar 20;12(1):14. doi: 10.1186/s13089-020-00159-6.

Point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings: the PURLS fellowship.

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1
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Old Hillman Building Suite 251, 619 19th St S, Birmingham, AL, 35249, USA. slburleson@uabmc.edu.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, Old Hillman Building Suite 251, 619 19th St S, Birmingham, AL, 35249, USA.
3
Department of Emergency Medicine, Augusta University, Augusta, GA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The role of point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is rapidly expanding in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings (RLS). One limitation to this rapid expansion has been the lack of educators adequately trained to teach this user-dependent skill. This is particularly true in RLS, where disease presentations, infrastructure limitations, and approach to medical education present unique challenges to the direct application of resource-rich emergency department POCUS curricula.

OBJECTIVES:

We describe the point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings (PURLS) fellowship, a novel curriculum designed to provide advanced training and expertise in clinical care and POCUS application and education in RLS.

CONCLUSION:

Our curriculum design is one approach to create context-specific POCUS education for use in RLS, thereby improving patient care.

KEYWORDS:

Fellowship; Point-of-care ultrasound; Resource-limited settings; Tropical infectious disease

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