Published: 17 March 2020
Author(s): Charles M. LoPresti
Issue: March 2020
Section: Commentary

Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) is rapidly gaining international acceptance in the field of internal medicine. Realizing POCUS's potential to decrease procedural complication rates [1–3] improve diagnostic accuracy [4], reduce time to diagnosis [5,6], improve patient satisfaction [7], and facilitate shared diagnostic understanding at the bedside [8], internists are turning to ultrasound as one of the most practice-altering innovations since the invention of the stethoscope over 200 years ago. While some enthusiasts have been teaching and advocating for POCUS's internal medicine applications for years, there seems to have been a spike in demand for learning POCUS more recently; initially by those providers in the acute medicine fields of hospital medicine and critical care [9,10], but more recently by those in the outpatient setting as well [11].

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