Friday, January 8, 2010

ED Physicians Ultrasound Test Available

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has published an on-line self test for emergency physicians to take when they are ready to document that they are proficient in the use of ultrasound in the practice of emergency medicine. This is the first test that I know of to address the issue of self credentialing. I took a few modules of the test myself (I passed) and found the test to be challenging, though I have been practicing ultrasound for many years as a Sonographer. The modules are of the multiple choice form with embedded videos that one may click on for clarification. One should read the question carefully before answering as the question itself can be confusing. I found at least two wrong answers listed as the correct response. For example: a patient is NOT routinely placed in the PRONE position to image the gall bladder. I am sure these issues will be ironed out. I do believe this is a great first step in beginning a standardized pathway for ED physicians to obtain self credentialing at the institutions where they are employed. Currently, there is no charge for taking the test, and results can be printed out. Here is the link:
Thanks Dr Morale
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