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present with heart issues, shortness of breath, or musculoskeletal abnormalities. That makes point-of- care ultrasound especially valuable in urgent care centers, emergency rooms and in making critical decisions in hospitalized patients.
Kelekar said point-of-care ultrasound training continues to gain traction as part of today’s medical school curriculum, especially as equipment becomes increasingly portable and less expensive.
‘A very good experience’
The new volunteer, peer-to-peer program is an offshoot of OUWB’s Art and Practice of Medicine, a longitudinal course that introduces and develops students’ history-taking and physical-diagnosis skills.
Students interested in being peer tutors apply and are interviewed at the end of their first year of medical school. (Plans for the next group of peer tutors are temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.)
For the inaugural group, five students were selected. Now all third-year medical students, they are Rachel Harvey, Benjamin Malamet, Rachel Kalthoff, Lucas Nelson, and James Blumline.
Over the course of several months, radiologists and other physicians with expertise in bedside ultrasound use train the students in the basics of point-of-care ultrasound, system-by-system (lungs, cardiac, abdominal, etc.).
The students practice with each other until they have enough expertise to share with their OUWB peers.
Though several sessions had to be canceled, Kelekar said she knew residents could benefit from
the basic training that the medical students c ould offer.
“Basically, what’s happened is that point-of-care ultrasound is gaining more and more popularity in medical school curriculums, which means current students are ahead of the game compared to many residents, particularly those in internal medicine,” said Kelekar.
Harvey said the students prepared a didactic that included a PowerPoint presentation, demonstration of the various types of probes and their applications, and videos of sonographic examination techniques they filmed at the Clinical Skills Center.
About 20 residents took part in the session.
Kelekar praised the students for their presentation. Harvey said she’s “learned a lot” throughout the entire process of being a peer tutor.
“Currently, I’m working in the pediatric cardiology office at Beaumont, Royal Oak and we’re looking at a ton of (echocardiograms) and I would have no clue what they actually were showing had I not done this program,” she said.
Harvey said she also gained insight into the teach- ing aspect of medical education.
“It was a very good experience in medical education and teaching and working with others,” she said. “I have a lot of experience in being a student, but not as much in being a teacher. It was really great to take the opposite perspective.”
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 Rocher honored by OUWB School of Medicine with Distinguished Recognition
Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine’s Honors Convocation annually recognizes the school’s distinguished academic achievements. Dr. Leslie Rocher, retired OUWB associate dean for Clinical Affairs and professor of Internal Medicine, was the recipient of an inscribed chair for the Recognition of Distin- guished Service “in gratitude of exceptional commitment and service to OUWB.” After 41 years as a physician and 30 years with Beaumont Health, Rocher, senior vice president and chief medical officer at Beaumont, Royal Oak, retired from his leadership roles at Beaumont and OUWB.

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