The prevalence of ultrasound curricula in a sampling of U.S. physician assistant programs and recommendations for common ultrasound objectives: A national survey

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Abstract

An increasing number of practicing physician assistants (PAs) are using ultrasound (US) in clinical settings. However, a lack of US learning objectives for PA students limits the optimal integration of this imaging modality in PA curricula. This study surveyed PA program directors across the United States to create a list of US learning objectives for PA students and to gauge their attitudes toward integrating US into anatomy curricula. Thirty-one of the 280 PA program directors responded to the survey. While 87% of participants reported that their institution includes ultrasound in its curriculum, 71% disagreed that the state of the use of ultrasound throughout their PA curriculum is fine and needs no modification. Based on the responses of the survey participants, this study categorized US learning objectives into high, medium, low, and no agreement for integration in PA curricula. As over half of the learning objectives (73%, 43/59) had high agreement for inclusion in curricula, this study demonstrates an opportunity for educators to include US in PA curricula.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAnatomical Sciences Education
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • physician assistant students
  • ultrasound integration
  • ultrasound integration in anatomy
  • ultrasound learning objective
  • ultrasound milestone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology
  • Embryology

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