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Innovation Highlight


Introduction: We describe the use of focused CME with just-in-time training in pulmonary point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) for hospitalists as part of our response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This training served as a pilot for developing a longitudinal training program for our inpatient adult medicine providers.

Methods: In mid-March 2020, ultrasound education and image review were deployed within hospital medicine at a large academic medical center. Faculty were provided (1) a small-group lecture focused on ultrasound findings in pneumonia, (2) weekly review of imaging, and (3) a monthly review conference of ultrasound imaging.

Results: Use of POCUS for pulmonary pathology at our institution increased at the start of the pandemic. Providers eligible for privileging increased from 4% (2/45) to 20% (9/45) within 1 month of undergoing ultrasound education. Use of devices continued for 3 months after the last training was conducted.

Discussion: Just-in-time training in pulmonary ultrasound incentivized by the COVID-19 pandemic provided an excellent pilot test for developing a longitudinal CME program focused on POCUS education for hospital medicine. This project demonstrated the need for clear privileging guidelines for physicians and advanced practice professionals.

Conclusions: Just-in-time training in pulmonary ultrasound was well received by a large hospital medicine group and increased ultrasound use during the COVID-19 pandemic.



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