Point-of-care ultrasound has been described as one of the most “disruptive innovations” in modern medicine. It is in the same spirit that the USIG Colorado was established. We promote medical student education and practical skills in point-of-care ultrasound. Driven by peer education and phenomenal faculty support, the USIG is meant for students interested in any specialty and with any level of ultrasound experience.
The USIG is meant to complement and enhance undergraduate ultrasound curricula and serves to support any student endeavor related to ultrasound. Our purpose is to become a bellwether in medical student ultrasound education through teaching, research, practical skills events, and community outreach.
Our biggest event of the year will be Ultrafest!
We also have representation, participation and support within the AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine) National USIG. The AIUM National USIG unites and bolsters efforts in ultrasound medical education across the nation and consists of medical students from 50 different schools. USIG Colorado embraces the objectives set by the National USIG:
- Promoting Bedside Ultrasound in Medical Education
- Supporting Ultrasound Interest Groups
- Developing Future Leaders of Ultrasound
- Encourage Networking of Students and Faculty Interested in Ultrasound
- Representing Medical Student Interests in Ultrasound
Date: March 18, 2017
Ultrafest is a FREE one-day symposium for medical students designed to provide hands on experience with point-of-care ultrasound. The event is open to any medical student wishing to attend. The first Ultrafest was held at UC Irvine in 2012 and has since spread to several other schools, even internationally! Live models and expert clinical instructors give medical students the ideal environment to learn--whether they are novice sonographers or looking to advance their repertoire of bedside examinations.
The University of Colorado School of Medicine and Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine Physicians USIGs and faculty from multiple specialties will lead stations, and medical students with advanced ultrasound skills will help teach their peers. Events of the day will include lectures and demonstrations from experts in the field, as well as hours of hands-on-experience. Lunchtime “Sonogames” will give students the opportunity to use their ultrasound skills to compete for exciting prizes and bragging rights. Ultimately, we hope to provide medical students with a foundation of ultrasound knowledge and the practical skills and confidence to utilize this knowledge at the patient’s bedside.