“Old Dogs” Can Learn Ultrasound

Authors: Mark H. Greenberg, MD, Janice Boughton, MD, Gregg M. Talente, MD, MS


It is said that you cannot teach old dogs new tricks. For those of us who completed our internal medicine residency 15 to 20 years ago, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) is just that, a new trick. There are few articles about POCUS in the internal medicine literature before 2000. POCUS was not even used routinely for procedures such as central lines and paracentesis by internists until 10 to 15 years ago.

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