Due to the introduction of cell-free DNA genetic testing options, the number of clinical ultrasound procedures has greatly diminished in recent years. With fewer real-life ultrasound-guided procedures being performed, it is difficult for OB/GYN and maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) trainees to achieve competency in doing them. Simulation can be utilized to address this issue and supplement a learner’s real-life training.
We developed a simulation workshop incorporating previously described ultrasound guidance task trainers and simulators of amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling. The workshop had three parts: needle guidance basics, targeting task performance, and procedure-specific simulation. A form of this workshop has been held at the annual meeting of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine since 2015 and as a regional course for MFM fellows since 2017. During the 2019 and 2020 courses, participants completed Likert-scale surveys evaluating the course.
Since the workshops began in 2015, approximately 300 people have participated. In 2019-2020, 41 MFM attending physicians, 136 MFM fellows, and three OB/GYN residents took our course and completed a postcourse survey. Participants rated the course highly and thought it was highly effective.
We created an introductory simulation workshop for obstetric ultrasound-guided invasive procedures that participants rated highly and thought was very effective. Objective clinical assessment of skill improvement after completion of this course is needed to verify its true impact. Repeated exposure to this introductory simulation and creation of more challenging workshops are needed to achieve a sustained high level of procedural skill.

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