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POCUS—The New Focus in Nephrology Training

  • 1 Matthew Wysocki, DO, is a PGY4 Nephrology Fellow; Natalie McCall, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine; and Anna Burgner, MD, MEHP, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.
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Popularized by cutting-edge research, on the wards, and even on social media, point-of-care ultrasound, or “POCUS,” has the potential to change the way we practice medicine. Widely implemented in numerous clinical settings, current ultrasound devices are made to be compact and affordable, and an argument could be made that POCUS should be incorporated into the routine physical exam. Although many specialties of medicine have adopted this tool for everyday practice, it remains absent, underused, or undertaught in many nephrology training programs and practices. In addition, per the 2017 ASN workforce fellow data, 44% of respondents felt their programs lacked ultrasound

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