We had another great combined AEUS-SonoRoundtable Journal Club, reviewing Blehar DJ, Barton B, Gaspari RJ. Learning Curves in Emergency Ultrasound Education. Acad Emerg Med. 2015.
Julie St-Cyr Bourque and Brooke Hensley, the ultrasound fellows from Mass General, coordinated our critical review. They did an excellent job reviewing the methods, results, and discussing the findings of the study. Different learning curves were generated for each of the ACEP core ultrasound applications, and plateau points were defined for each study.
Dave Blehar and Romolo Gaspari, two of the authors, were online and expanded on several aspects of the study. They chose to use plateau points to avoid using assumed cutoffs. Most studies were close to the plateau point with excellent test characteristics at around 50 exams, although some were sooner, and some never stopped improving.
This is a game changing study and has several implications for education and training. We had several great questions from the audience and had an excellent discussion. Plus we got to see Matt Field's back yard and Jeremy Boyd's sun room.