Point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings: the PURLS fellowship

Samuel L. Burleson, David C. Pigott, John P. Gullett, Christopher Greene, Courtney B. Gibson, Scott Irvine, Daniel Kaminstein

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Background: The role of point-of-care ultrasonography (POCUS) is rapidly expanding in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings (RLS). One limitation to this rapid expansion has been the lack of educators adequately trained to teach this user-dependent skill. This is particularly true in RLS, where disease presentations, infrastructure limitations, and approach to medical education present unique challenges to the direct application of resource-rich emergency department POCUS curricula. Objectives: We describe the point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings (PURLS) fellowship, a novel curriculum designed to provide advanced training and expertise in clinical care and POCUS application and education in RLS. Conclusion: Our curriculum design is one approach to create context-specific POCUS education for use in RLS, thereby improving patient care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number14
JournalUltrasound Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 2020


  • Fellowship
  • Point-of-care ultrasound
  • Resource-limited settings
  • Tropical infectious disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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    Burleson, S. L., Pigott, D. C., Gullett, J. P., Greene, C., Gibson, C. B., Irvine, S., & Kaminstein, D. (2020). Point-of-care ultrasound in resource-limited settings: the PURLS fellowship. Ultrasound Journal, 12(1), [14]. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13089-020-00159-6