At the first national medical student ultrasound competition, “SonoSlam,” sponsored by the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) on March 17, Matthew Earle was awarded one of two “best ultrasonologist” awards. Earle competed with fellow teammates Anne-Marie Carpenter and Rachel Thome from the COM Class of 2018. Director of Ultrasound in Undergraduate Medical Education Dr. Giuliano De Portu was one of the organizing faculty for this inaugural AIUM national event.
Ultrasound students from UF College of Medicine were joined by 11 other schools from around the country. Seventeen three-student teams traveled to New York City for a full-day competition broken into three rounds, with the first round focused on basic physics, anatomy, physiology, and scanning techniques. The second round moved to a head-to-head competition style testing clinical applications and simulated procedural skills. The top two teams progressed to the third round, where they demonstrated pathology recognition and then competed in a “scan off” against each other.