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Certificate of Special Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound program

Overview
The Certificate of Special Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound program is designed to provide an opportunity for MD candidates at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell to achieve additional focused training in the theory and clinical application of Point-of-Care ultrasound.  Students will acquire a robust background and develop and practice the clinical skills required to use Point-of-Care ultrasound as an important clinical reasoning tool. Program goals are achieved through background reading material, real-time scanning and assessment, image portfolio production, and participation in ultrasound educational activities.  Requirements of this certificate can be completed during the fourth year of medical school training. 

  • Program Requirements
    1. Pass a preliminary essay examination regarding ultrasound physics and the technical aspects of image acquisition and archival
    2. Successfully complete a 4-week elective in Medical Ultrasound from either:
      1. Department of Radiology
      2. Department of Emergency Medicine or Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    3. Complete an Ultrasound Passport of studies reviewed in real-time by faculty
    4. Complete an Image Portfolio representing appropriate images for all areas of clinical application
    5. Pass a final essay examination regarding the applications and images of bedside ultrasound, including both normal and abnormal findings
    6. Complete a final clinical skills exam including:
      1. selection of appropriate ultrasound scan based on a clinical problem
      2. demonstration of scanning techniques
      3. demonstration of appropriate communication and professionalism skills
    7. Participation in either departmental or SOM ultrasound educational activities
  • Mentoring and Guidance

    Mentoring and Guidance
    A designated faculty mentor will help guide the student and ensure completion of all certificate requirements.  The faculty mentor will also review the student's Portfolio periodically to provide feedback and to ensure continued progress.

  • Application

    Application
    Students apply to the Certificate of Special Proficiency in Medical Ultrasound program in their MS3 year by submitting an application to the Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives by December 1. Participation is limited to ten students annually.

  • Contact Information

    For questions and more information, contact:

    William Rennie,  MD, Associate Professor, Science Education 

    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    William.Rennie@hofstra.edu

    Tiffany Jordan, Assistant Director of Dual Degree Programs and Curricular Initiatives
    Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
    tiffany.m.jordan@hofstra.edu