Boosting bedside skills in hands-on session


A low faculty-to-learner ratio helped HM18 attendees get the most from their learning experience in the Sunday pre-conference course “Bedside Procedures for the Hospitalist.”

The pre-course blended live didactic teaching and hands-on training with simulators so participants could not only learn but also review and demonstrate techniques for many common invasive procedures hospitalists encounter in practice.

“Our goal is to make the entire bedside procedures pre-course a unique experience,” course codirector Alyssa Burk­hart, MD, of the Billings (Mont.) Clinic, said in an interview before the session.

Dr. Alyssa Burkhart of Billings, Mont.

Dr. Alyssa Burkhart

“We carefully select the curriculum to create a program most relevant to the participants and their day-to-day work in patient care,” said Dr. Burkhart.

“The low faculty-to-learner ratio coupled with ample time to practice under expert guidance separates us from others. ... It’s a privilege to share our love of procedures with this year’s SHM participants,” said Dr. Burkhart, who comoderated the session with Joshua Lenchus, DO, SFHM, of the University of Miami.

Dr. Joshua Lenchus of the University of Miami

Dr. Joshua Lenchus

An interactive focus on bedside procedures benefits novices and experienced clinicians, said Dr. Lenchus.

The simulation experience involved practice with ultrasound as well as anatomically representative training equipment.


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