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Care Ultrasound

A Faculty Member's Experience in The Train the Trainer Program

Laura Blesse-Hampton, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Baldwin Wallace University Physician Assistant Program


I am an assistant professor at Baldwin Wallace University’s Physician Assistant (PA) program. I teach the skills based courses and was looking to incorporate ultrasound into our curriculum. I have no formal training in ultrasound and came across SPOCUS through a journal article. SPOCUS placed me in contact with ultrasound equipment representatives and enrolled me in the Train the Trainer program.

I started the Train the Trainer program in January 2017. The curriculum was easy to follow and I was able to work through it at my own pace. I completed the assigned reading and videos, then practiced ultrasound on my family and friends. Periodically, I met with my trainer through video conference to go over tips and techniques. My trainer adapted the curriculum to my program’s needs and was always easy to get in touch with when I had questions.

I was able to start teaching my students ultrasound in April 2017. Because of the Train the Trainer program, my students left the didactic year with knowledge on how to assess basic cardiac function, diagnose deep vein thrombosis and abdominal aortic aneurysm using ultrasound. Next year I plan to expand the curriculum to include further assessment of the abdomen including gallbladder and kidneys, lungs, soft tissue and neck.

Teaching ultrasound to PA students is becoming more and more important. Ultrasound is a safer, quicker and more cost effective modality. Our students were thrilled to be able to be introduced to ultrasound techniques. I am extremely grateful to the Train the Trainer program for allowing me to integrate ultrasound into our curriculum.

Laura Blesse-Hampton, MPAS, PA-C

Assistant Professor, Baldwin Wallace University Physician Assistant Program

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