About the Program for Medical Ultrasound
Since 1975, the Program for Medical Ultrasound at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been a pioneer in providing ultrasound education and coordinates the activities of several Medical Center departments involved in diagnostic ultrasound. The courses conducted at the Medical Center are enhanced by daily afternoon hands-on scanning and case study sessions to reinforce morning lectures and develop scanning technique. Limits on class size and scanning lab size keep the interactions informal and effective.
Any single course or groups of courses may be attended by physicians and non-physicians. (Note the non-physician prerequisites below.)
Each course is conducted in the Program for Medical Ultrasound of Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Guest lecturers include national leaders in the field. Scanning laboratories equipped with systems from leading manufacturers are used in instructional scanning sessions with patients and normal volunteers as subjects. Attendance is limited to insure adequate hands-on practicum.
At the conclusion of each continuing medical education activity, the participant should be better able to:
- impart in lecture and discussion formats and in scanning and problem sessions, clinical and technical ultrasound knowledge and skills;
- present and practice reading and interpretation of ultrasound images and information;
- compare and relate ultrasound knowledge and skills with peers.
These short-term courses do not constitute comprehensive ultrasound training leading to proficiency which takes several months to accomplish. They are regarded as continuing medical education; they serve to update the physician on current techniques and clinical applications and act as an introductory complement to the sonographer's supervised clinical on-the-job ultrasound training.
Prerequisites For Non-Physicians
- Completed training and one year of experience in an allied health profession including sonography, radiologic technology, radiation therapy, nuclear medicine technology, vascular technology, respiration therapy or nursing or
- BS degree with a major in a biological science and one year of experience in allied health
The Wake Forest School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Sonographers may apply credits toward meeting CME requirements for the ARDMS®.
The Program for Medical Ultrasound gratefully acknowledges support in the form of education equipment loans from the following:
- Diagnostic Health Group
- Esaote North America
- GE Healthcare
- Hitachi Aloka
- Philips Healthcare
- Rimed, Ltd.
- Siemens Healthcare