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Who is SPOCUS?
Previously known as SPACUS, SPOCUS is the only national medical society solely focused on clinical and bedside ultrasound. We are a fellowship of like-minded clinicians, from every medical specialty, who recognize ultrasound is a safe, cost effective and dynamic imaging modality that plays a prominent role in the care of our patients.
SPOCUS is committed to promoting the use of ultrasound through education, governance and advocacy, for all providers who utilize ultrasound from the PA student to the seasoned clinician.
SPOCUS is dedicated to its members and the support of POCUS as a whole. We are a non-profit society without a tethered relationship to pharma or industry and do not exist to profit or sell anything other than the concept that POCUS helps deliver superior care and helps students learn sustainable skills.
The elevator pitch for our Mission:
We welcome anyone who shares our common interest, from educators, researchers, students, our physician partners, to ultrasound techs and paramedics. We would like to extend an especially warm welcome to our partner Advanced Practice Providers to include nurse practitioners, midwives, and nurse anesthetists.
The SPOCUS Train the Trainer Program"I did not expect to learn to do ultrasound, but the instructor was able to add it to the course, which I believe is very beneficial to us."
SPOCUS will provide one-on-one training and mentorship for faculty members who desire ultrasound training, but don't feel comfortable with their ultrasound skills, or have never picked up a probe before. We can help you gain confidence or just help you plan how to best integrate the curriculum.
"...I also loved the ultrasound labs. It's amazing we got an experience to try that out and will be extremely helpful with clinicals coming up and once we are working."
These are comments from first year PA students, written for a faculty member's recent evaluation. Prior to the TtT Program, this professor was ultrasound naive. The comments and evaluation were made after only five months in the TtT Program.
"The injections and IV lab was great but the best was the ultrasound. Any time we get to be hands on is great! The more the better!"
SPOCUS is committed to the early integration of ultrasound into the primary curriculum of our clinician's education. Ultrasound integration is already longitudinally integrated into all 4 years of undergraduate medical education in more than 20 medical schools. The American College of Emergency Physicians has submitted a resolution to the American Medical Association which endorses a 4 year curriculum for all medical schools.
This means every graduating clinician will soon know and understand the capabilities of ultrasound.
Our own Maj. Jonathan Monti, DSc, RDMS, PA-C, and Ryan Minton, PA-S, are recognized for their work with the University of Washington MEDEX Student Ultrasound Interest Section. The award, was presented by the AAPA to SPACUS for Advancing the PA Identity.
Ryan was pivotal in organizing his fellow students to form The SUIS into a model which acts as an extracurricular activity, in a sustainable program that future classes will have the opportunity to experience.
Jonathan served as the class mentor and was able to work through the University's simulation center to utilize their equipment. The students of the SUIS even created their own ultrasound phantoms. With Jonathan's mentorship, the students received over 16 hours of training and found the education very rewarding.
Fritz Fuller PA-C, "The Mayor of Ultrasound," teaches first year PA students at the University of Utah PA program the finer points of probe manipulation. Fritz is a SUIS' senior mentor and he is committed to providing the training necessary to get these students onto the pathway to clinical ultrasound competency.
Get together with your classmates, form a free SUIS program and SPOCUS will match your group with a local mentor like Fritz who will teach you how to multiply your clinical capabilities by employing bedside ultrasound.