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This chapter presents some important issues related to training and competence in critical care ultrasonography. The field is likely to undergo rapid growth in the next few years. Intensivists should be aware of some of the challenges they will face in achieving competence in bedside ultrasonography and the potential solutions to those challenges. This chapter will present a discussion of some of the issues related to training in critical care ultrasonography and will describe a more concrete and prescriptive approach to the issue of training, developed and implemented for our own trainees, which serves as a model for ensuring that the knowledge and skills can be applied to the care of the patient. Table 4.1 provides a list of common terms that are important to the discussion of training.

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Table 4.1. Common Terms Important in Discussing Training

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Critical care ultrasonography is a relatively new application of a well-established technology. In the United States, there is not yet a means for the intensivist to become formally certified in the field, and the relevant professional societies have not yet developed a clear ...

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