Medical care providers are under constant pressure to deliver more specialized and efficient patient care. The undergraduate medical education programs tasked with preparing these future care providers will need alternatives to traditional time-based approaches to curricular design in order to prepare their students for these challenges.
Moving towards performance-based learning and away from traditional time-based learning models has been identified as a potentially more efficient educational paradigm. SonoSim firmly believes that accelerating the integration of ultrasound into medical education has the potential to radically improve medical care, while simultaneously illustrating the virtues of performance-based learning.
The SonoSim® Ultrasound Solution was created in response to an unmet need for efficient and scalable ultrasound education and training. It delivers personalized ultrasound education, automated assessments, and hands-on training using real-patient based cases via personal computers. It provides users a flexible personal computer-based platform to rapidly attain ultrasound proficiency and engage in lifelong ultrasound learning. The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution radically accelerates the time it takes to learn how to scan both normal and pathologic conditions in patients of varying sexes, ages, and body morphologies. Students have the ability to access and scan hundreds of virtual patients with an “on-demand” mentor available anytime-anywhere.
Medical educators can now provide their students with a customized ultrasound curriculum in a modular (organ-based) format that provides maximal flexibility to ensure compatibility with a broad range of curricular needs that facilitates asynchronous learning. Furthermore, educators can make better use of their limited time and provide more effective bedside ultrasound teaching. The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution provides program administrators with the ability to track user performance in an automated manner. This functionality serves as the foundation for future evolution of competency-based ultrasound training, integrating automated assessment metrics that measure validated ultrasound proficiency milestones into the training solution. The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training solution serves as a practical example of how an enabling technology can be applied towards addressing a well-defined medical training need.