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“It’s a phenomenal teaching tool at the bedside, and in the lab as well,” he says.
“Let’s say someone comes in with shortness of breath. Could it be a lung problem,
or could it be a heart problem? You can talk about it, but then with the Vscan, you
can actually look. As a teacher you can go into much greater depth. For students,
it brings concepts alive for them and they can make those connections.”
According to Dr. Hoppmann, interest in the use of pocket-sized ultrasound devices
for teaching continues to grow.
“The interest in ultrasound is ballooning, not only across the nation but the globe,”
he says, adding that a pocket-sized device is an excellent tool for physicians and
practitioners in emerging markets. “You can use it to reach populations that don’t
have access to imaging equipment. We’re going to find tremendous use for it in
For Dr. Hoppmann, the heightened focus on the use of ultrasound in medical
education is ultimately about the ability to deliver a higher level of care.
“Educators have to continue to coordinate what we do from an education
standpoint with practitioners and the organizations that credential them to make
sure we maximize the power of this tool. It has the potential to fundamentally
change how we teach medicine for the benefit of the learner, as well as the
patients. That will always be the theme,” he concludes.
The use of pocket-sized ultrasound
devices will be among the many
workshops and topics at this
year’s WCUME event in Oregon
in October. Whether it’s a
pocket-sized device or laptop,
education is also the focus of the
Society of Ultrasound in Medical
Education (SUSME). Each year,
SUSME brings medical educators
and practitioners together to help
direct what he describes as a
revolutionary change in medicine.
Richard A. Hoppmann, MD
is currently Professor of Medicine, the Dorothea Krebs Endowed Chair of Ultrasound Education, and Dean Emeritus of the
University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Hoppmann is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
He is Director of the Ultrasound Institute at the University of South Carolina and is principle investigator on multiple
ultrasound grants totaling over $1 million. He has introduced an integrated ultrasound curriculum (iUSC) over four years
of medical student education and has helped develop an ultrasound training program for primary care physicians in rural
South Carolina. He is also founder and the former president of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education.
“It has the potential to fundamentally change how we teach medicine for the
benefit of the learner, as well as the patients. That will always be the theme.”
Richard A. Hoppmann, MD