Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine (RVUCOM) collaborated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CUSOM), as well as the Colorado Ultrasound Group (USIG) to host the second annual Colorado Ultrafest on Saturday, March 18th. It was the largest ultrasound event in RVU’s history with nearly 270 students from both medical schools in attendance.
Students attended ultrasound workshops which included prenatal, abdominal, cardio, vascular, and ocular sessions. The students were able to practice probing techniques on live models using cutting-edge ultrasound machines (provided by such sponsors as SonoSite, Philips, GE, Mindray, Clarius, BK Ultrasound, SonoSim, and Signostics). Keynote speakers were Wilma Chan, MD, EdM, Inaugural Director of Ultrasound Education at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Rachel Liu, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound and chair-elect for the ultrasound section of American College of Emergency Physicians.
Among the attendees was RVUCOM’s second-year student Andrea Thomas. “It was inclusive and calm…a great learning environment with plenty of hands-on time,” said Ms. Thomas. “The keynote speakers impressed upon us the importance of being kind to ourselves in times of not knowing, and to realize we have signed up to be life-long learners, which is a beautiful thing!”
“This event helped me feel more confident with handling the equipment and identifying structures,” said Tate Correll, also a second-year student at RVUCOM. “I was able to refine my skills and learn new techniques and tricks. Everyone has something to gain from Ultrafest, regardless of their skill level.”
This year’s Colorado Ultrafest was organized by RVUCOM students: Codee Champney, OMS II; Daniel Coates, OMS IV; Daniel Morrad, OMS II; and Ashley Woodworth, OMS II.