Short Video: Resident Education in Ultrasound Using Simulation and Social Media

ultrasound simulator training for residents

Earlier this month Dr. Jason Nomura posted a fast-paced 15-minute review of resident education in ultrasound training using simulation and social media on youtube. I have previously written about how social media has been effective in a nursing school, so I was eager to learn how it could play a part in resident training. This is a great short presentation on these two topics:

About the video: “There was a session at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine 2014 Annual Meeting focusing on education in Point of Care Ultrasound. There were several speakers and I was asked to speak on resident education, particularly to focus on simulation and social media and how it fits with EM Resident ultrasound education. This is a fairly large and broad area to cover in 15 minutes or less.

I chose to focus on how to simulation and social media can assist in education and deliberate practice to get learners to an “expert performance” level. The information may not be new to people who are familiar with simulation or social media. My goal was to show how these things can be helpful from a conceptual and design view for education. Also to provide information that you can use if you have to justify to others why social media or simulation is important to your educational program and why it should be supported.”


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I learned more about Jason from his website http://takeokun.com:

Jason T Nomura MD RDMS FACEP FACP FAAEM is a Board Certified Physician in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine.  He currently practices at a large tertiary care facility with over 160,000 annual Emergency Department visits per year.

Dr. Nomura serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound.  He also serves as educational and research Faculty for the Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine – Family Medicine, and Internal Medicine Residencies.

Social Media Mixes with Manikin to Improve Maricopa Nursing Program

Hey Champs! Just read a great article on pages 4 – 5 of the Summer 2011 edition of NLN’s “Voice for Nursing Education” Member Newsletter entitled “Who in the World is Stella – And Why Do Students and Faculty Love Her?”

Maricopa Nursing Manikin Persona

The article shares how Diana Breed, MSN, RN, and Karin J. Sherrill, MSN, RN, CNE from the Maricopa Nursing Program at Mesa Community College in Arizona have created a virtual persona for Stella, a 15 year old manikin, and her simulated family.  Using Facebook and blogposts, Diana and Karin provide encouragement and reassurance to Maricopa Nursing students suggesting “the skills lab will be available if you want extra practice”.

The NLN article continues to share the benefits of crafting this online persona:

“From the nurse educator’s perspective, Stella’s value is three-fold, according to Diana, the lead instructor for third-semester students in what is a four-semester program leading to licensure.


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First, said Diana, Stella’s Facebook postings link the different blocks of MCC nursing students, fostering networking among students who wouldn’t ordinarily communicate with one another. “Stella sends messages to students in one block that will be seen by students in a different block,” she explained.

Second, Stella can be a very effective as an educational tool to promote critical thinking, as… students chime in… [with answers to critical thinking questions].

Finally, Diana noted, messages posted on Stella’s Facebook page can be a window into difficulties students may be having that they are reluctant to share with faculty off line.”

What a great way to engage students with simulation! Don’t forget to join me in becoming friends with Stella on Facebook!


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