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Ultrasound Standardized Patients

An Ultrasound Standardized Patient (USP) is a person who has been trained to play the role of patient. The use of USPs is a proven method for helping the medical student gain skills in interpersonal interactions, communication, interviewing, counseling, assessment, physical exam and patient management while reviewing anatomy, physiology, and ultrasound imaging techniques. The Ultrasound in Medical Education Program recruits volunteers for various curricular activities and assessments of bedside ultrasound throughout the School of Medicine, UC Irvine Medical Center, and other off-site locations. We focus on training students and physicians to become competent sonologists who can instinctively pilot an ultrasound device, bringing them closer to their patient and their patient's illness at the bedside. 

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USPs receive a small compensation based on training and performance. Ideal candidates are motivated, disciplined and willing to contribute to medical education. Punctuality and reliability are imperative.  If you are interested in becoming an Ultrasound Volunteer, please open and complete the Ultrasound Standardized Patient (USP) Form.

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