PA Students Compete in Point-of-Care Ultrasound Workshop

The Inaugural Yes, I Scan is Part of AAPA 2018

April 16, 2018

By Patrick Bafuma, PA-C, and Frank Norman, PA-C

When PA students hear “AAPA Conference” and “competition”, AAPA’s National Medical Challenge Bowl is probably the first thing that comes to mind. But there will be a second student competition at AAPA 2018 in New Orleans. The inaugural Yes, I Scan Student Workshop and Competition, providing hands-on learning for point-of-care ultrasound, will be held May 21 at the Hilton Riverside Hotel.

Fifteen teams from across the country will be competing for the first Yes, I Scan title. Student teams and their mentors will have hands-on scan time across multiple point-of-care ultrasound applications, ranging from in-office applicable studies such as deep vein thrombosis evaluation and chronic heart failure management, to the critical-care arena of eFAST exams, which check for blood in the chest and abdomen, and undifferentiated hypotension.

While teams are competing, simultaneous workshops will provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage in point-of-care ultrasound learning with qualified mentors. Students may register for free scan time when they register for conference. Learning stations will be tailored toward a variety of medical specialties: primary care, surgical specialties, critical care and emergency medicine. Students are encouraged to take the opportunity to learn about the patient perspective by participating as volunteer model patients.

Program directors and faculty are also invited to the workshop for hands-on scan time, to learn more about point-of-care ultrasound, and to speak with instructors about the “Train the Trainer” program. This is a great opportunity for faculty to learn how easy it is to obtain and interpret images and to consider how point-of-care ultrasound might be incorporated into program curricula.

Yes, I Scan is an important step toward integrating point-of-care ultrasound into the PA curriculum and will empower future PAs and PA educators to pick up the probe. Come cheer on the teams as they vie for the first-ever Yes, I Scan championship title!

Patrick Bafuma, PA-C, is an emergency medicine PA in Hudson Valley, NY, and tweets on the latest literature @EMinFocus 

Frank Norman, PA-C, is the president and co-founder of the Society of Point of Care Ultrasound (SPOCUS). He is a graduate of the University of Florida PA program and a fellow of the Ultrasound Leadership Academy. He can be reached at [email protected].