Dr. Peter Steinmetz’s team from McGill University presented their abstract on “Teaching the FAST algorithm with the Reacts platform – a pilot study” at the World Congress Ultrasound in Medical Education, which was held Sept 23rd-25th, 2016, at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Their project aimed at determining whether Reacts could be used to remotely teach the focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) algorithm, a well-established bedside ultrasound skill. They also wanted to determine whether teaching via Reacts could be as effective as in-person for imaging the main components of the FAST algorithm. Finally, they wanted to determine whether teaching via Reacts is as effective as in-person training in terms of practical and theoretical ultrasound skills. Six ultrasound naïve medical students (n=6) received study material and a session on how to perform the FAST exam. One group of students was taught remotely (Reacts; n=3) and the other group was taught in person (In-person; n=3). Effectiveness of Reacts versus in-person teaching techniques was assessed by completion of a practical and theoretical test before the teaching session (pre-test) and identical tests immediately after the teaching session (post-test).

The study results and conclusions were that: 1. Reacts teaching was equivalent to in-person teaching for the acquisition of practical ultrasound skills; 2. Reacts can be used to remotely teach ultrasound-naive students the bedside ultrasound skills necessary to identify discrete components of the FAST exam.

The presentation of the abstract was very well received at the congress and got excellent comments. We congratulate Dr Steinmetz’s team for their superb work and innovative forward thinking in bringing ultrasound education to the next level.

This great work demonstrates once again the important role and benefits of Reacts for remote ultrasound education.

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