Students from medical schools across the nation recently traveled to New York for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine’s inaugural medical student ultrasound competition.
The event, which took place March 17 to coincide with the institute’s annual convention, drew students from 12 schools, including the University of Florida, Yale University and the University of North Carolina. Each university’s team was comprised of three physicians-in-training, who also participated in hands-on sessions hosted by a multidisciplinary team of more than 30 faculty members from specialties such as emergency medicine and neurology.
The competition was divided into three rounds aimed at testing students on everything from basic scanning techniques to clinical applications and procedural skills. The final round also included a “scan off” between the last two teams standing.
While The Ohio State University team took home the first-place trophy, second-year UF medical student Matthew Earle scored one of two “best ultrasonologist” awards. Second-year medical students Anne-Marie Carpenter and Rachel Thome rounded out UF’s team.
Giuliano De Portu, M.D., a clinical assistant professor in the UF department of emergency medicine, helped organize this inaugural SonoSlam event. Next year’s competition is slated to take place in Orlando.