The ultrasound curriculum at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM) was initially started in 2010 as a MS-4 clinical ultrasound elective in the emergency department at Denver Health Medical Center. The student feedback from this elective was overwhelmingly positive, so a working group of students, physicians, and school of medicine representatives was formed to explore the possibility of expanding ultrasound into other aspects of the curriculum.
The first expansion occurred in 2011 when ultrasound was incorporated into the MS-1 and MS-2 curriculum as part of the Foundations of Doctoring physical exam curriculum.
In 2014, the CUSOM requested further expansion of the ultrasound curriculum to make it longitudinal (MS1-4), incorporated with the MS-1 Anatomy curriculum, integrated with other components of the curriculum, and inclusive of multiple specialties.
Student interest in ultrasound has continued to grow, which has resulted in the formation of the Ultrasound Interest Group (2015) and UltraFest (2015).