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How the New OBGYN Standardized Curriculum Affects Residency Programs
Learn how SonoSim responds to AIUM's new OBGYN ultrasound training recommendations by providing residency programs with competency-based learning programs.
Robust ultrasound training is a critical part of all Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB-GYN) training programs. Graduates need to possess image acquisition and interpretation skills and most importantly be able to apply findings toward medical decision-making. Unfortunately, the quality of ultrasound education and training is highly variable in the field of OB-GYN. Dr. Alfred Abuhamad, a professor and chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Eastern Virginia Medical and the past president of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), found that “40% of clinical ultrasound practices were operating below the minimum AIUM standards and guidelines for the performance of ultrasound exam.”
OBGYN Ultrasound Training
In an effort to improve and standardize OB-GYN ultrasound training, AIUM assembled a multi-society task force of experts in obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, and medical education to develop a consensus-based, standardized curriculum and competency evaluation process. In January 2018, the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine, and Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology officially published the recommendations in a checklist form. What does this mean for OB-GYN training programs moving forward?
An Improvement in Ultrasound Quality and Education
A 2015 needs assessment revealed that most OB-GYN residents felt that residency training programs adequately prepared them to perform and interpret OB ultrasound examinations (68.3% and 65%, respectively). Approximately 77% of medical students and residents expressed a desire for more formal training in OB ultrasound. Most GYN residents felt inadequately prepared to perform and interpret GYN ultrasound examinations (77% and 70%), and approximately 88% of OB-GYN residents reported wanting more formal training in GYN ultrasound.
A Shift Towards Competency-Based Learning
The goal of the AIUM Consensus Recommendations is to standardize OB-GYN ultrasound training courses and emphasize competency-based training. Widespread implementation of the new OB-GYN training recommendations will ideally ensure trainees develop a uniform, high level of ultrasound proficiency.
In response to the AIUM Recommendations, SonoSim has designed a comprehensive OB-GYN ultrasound training library using real patients with a variety of pathologic conditions. The SonoSim® Ultrasound Training Solution is a laptop-based ultrasound training solution that provides education in a modular format (didactics, assessment, and SonoSimulator® hands-on scanning). SonoSim’s educational offerings and assessment tools address the recently published standards and make it easy for directors of medical residency programs seeking to match the latest training requirements. Learn more here.
 Green I, Kahan M, Wong S. Obstetric and Gynecologic Resident Ultrasound Education Project: Is the Current Level of Gynecologic Ultrasound Training in Canada Meeting the Needs of Residents and Faculty? J Ultrasound Med. 2015;34(9):1583-1589.
 Volume 34, Issue 9, pages 1583-1589, 7 AUG 2015 DOI: 10.7863/ultra.15.14.10067