Perceived Benefits of a Cadaver-Based Ultrasound Procedure Workshop for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Trainees

Sharon Bushi, Steven Kirshblum, Tiffany Ezepue, Rex Ma

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Ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal and spasticity injections have become common procedures in physical medicine and rehabilitation practices, but there are currently no guidelines for teaching these procedures in residency and fellowship training programs. As part of a quality improvement initiative, the authors aimed to assess the educational value of a hands-on cadaver-based workshop for enhancing these skills in residents and fellows. Twenty-seven physical medicine and rehabilitation trainees in a single institution were asked to complete surveys before and after the workshop to assess self-perceived benefits. After the workshop, the overwhelming majority felt improvement in their overall knowledge of ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal (93%) and spasticity (78%) procedures. In addition, the workshop improved the level of comfort of trainees both in planning (70%) and performing (59%) the procedures independently. Improving these skills is especially important considering most trainees plan to incorporate ultrasound-guided musculoskeletal (81%) and spasticity (74%) procedures into their future practices. The framework for this workshop can serve as a template for other programs to incorporate into their own training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E18-E21
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Cadaver
  • Graduate Medical Education and Curriculum
  • Injections
  • Ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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