WINFOCUS is developing a project for the foundation of an “University-like” section with trans-national structure, the ‘University International Task-force for Echography and Development’, in the frame of the USCME and Primary Ultrasound programs.
Prof Richard Hoppmann, Associate Dean of South Carolina University (Columbia, SC, USA), is chairing the project.
The network plan is involving universities from USA, Brazil, Italy, Slovenia, Romania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, India, China, Madagascar, Malaysia, South Korea, Mozambique, Lesotho. Such a task-force aims to spread global ultrasound practice throughout all the critical scenarios, backing academically WINFOCUS worldwide action, delivering recommendations and guidelines for under-graduate and post-graduate ultrasound curricula, cooperating with universities in under-served regions for an overall enhancement of their curricula and educational activity.
Such a growing network has inspired the “First World Congress on UltraSound in Medical Education”, held on April 2011, and hosted by the South Carolina University, in Columbia (SC, USA).
Ultrasound for medical students, and other affiliated sciences trainees
Focus on basic disciplines, such as Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, and clinical components, such as Internal and Emergency Medicine, Surgery, O&G
Residents and Specialists in ‘critical’ medical areas.
Focus on Emergency Medicine, Critical/Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Surgery, Pediatrics, General Practice … and beyond.
The USCMC Global Program is the USCME component devoted to develop ‘Critical Ultrasound’ education, certification, credentialing, accreditation, integrating at different extents education and healthcare institutions, through post-graduate CME programs.
It is designed and developed together with the UNITED Program (the project focusing university pre-graduate and post-graduate curricula), within the frame of the USCME Global Initiative.
At date, three main curricula are being developed focusing basic and advanced applications for three main bundles of practice:
The learning and certification matrix is developed by two relevant documents recently published by Winfocus, as prototypes of an incoming guideline series, based on International consensus and evidence:
The modules are based on a large number of applications increasingly reported by the International literature.
See bibliography references through the common medical web engines, and particularly the outstanding “Critical Care Medicine Journal” Supplement: