The old procedural mantra of medicine used to be "see one, do one, teach one."
But this is a relic of a bygone era.
It takes a lot to really be competent and safe at procedures. And once you've achieved competency, does it last?
The current thinking is an approach called learn, see, practice, prove, do, maintain.
We believe in providing consistent and structured learning in procedures, where you will be evaluated and improve with each iteration.
Dedicated Procedure Elective
The VAMC elective is multidisciplinary rotation where you will work with interventional radiology, neurology, anesthesia, orthopedics, rheumatology, and the PICC teams to practice thoracentesis, paracentesis, central lines, lumbar punctures, intubations, and ultrasound guided peripheral IVs.
In addition, you will rotate through services such as the Medical Intensive Care Unit at both the VA and University of Cincinnati Medical Center, as well as the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. During these rotations, you will gain additional practice and experience with many procedures listed above, and others such as arterial line insertion and dialysis catheter placement.
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become an invaluable tool for any clinical setting. This bedside application can be useful for both urgent situations as well as evaluating clinical scenarios that may lead to formal ultrasound examinations. Growing resident interest in ultrasound education led us to create the UC POCUS curriculum. Our ultrasound interest group introduces educational topics to a broad audience early in training. You will learn basic principles of ultrasound physics, image acquisition, and image interpretation across a variety of internal medicine settings. We use expert led didactics and hands on precepted scanning and pathology review to help you learn what you need to know.