Comparison of learning focused cardiac ultrasound between self-directed and proctored simulator teaching pf medical students

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
A/Prof David Canty 0429058878 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Colin Royse 0408467548 Personal web page

Project Details

Bedside ultrasound is increasingly being used in clinical medicine and taught at medical school. As learning ultrasound currently requires significant training with an experienced trainer, the number of doctors and medical students learning bedside ultrasound is restricted by the availability of trainers. The aims of the study is:

To determine whether the mean image quality score of focused cardiac ultrasound (FCU, also known as transthoracic echocardiography) performed by medical students on healthy volunteers after completion of the self-directed FCU simulator course is non-inferior to the mean score of students completing the proctored course.

This project involves a randomised controlled trial of 60 medical students into either the proctored simulator focused cardiac ultrasound or the self-directed simiulator focused cardiac ultrasound course, conducted at The University of Melbourne Ultrasound Simulation Centre (RMH). Involvement will include training in focused cardiac ultrasound (completion of the simulator and other workshops) and may include training as an instructor depending on acquired skill level and commitment.

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Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Royal Melbourne Hospital

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