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Revolution or Evolution? A Proposal for the Integration of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Into Physician Assistant Clinical Practice

Monti, Jonathan DScPA, PA-C, RDMS

The Journal of Physician Assistant Education: March 2017 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 27–32
doi: 10.1097/JPA.0000000000000101
Special Article

Advances in technology and increased affordability of machines have allowed ultrasound to become ubiquitous across the spectrum of medical care. Increasing portability has brought ultrasound to the point of care in multiple medical specialties. Formal ultrasound training is rapidly being incorporated into multispecialty residency programs and undergraduate medical education curricula, yet little formal training exists for physician assistants (PAs) on this emerging clinical adjunct. This article outlines recommendations for and barriers to the incorporation of bedside ultrasound into PA clinical practice.

Jonathan Monti, DScPA, PA-C, RDMS, is director of the US Army/Baylor Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant Residency Program and deputy director of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program in the Department of Emergency Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Tacoma, Washington.

Correspondence should be addressed to: Jonathan Monti, DScPA, PA-C, RDMS, 3420 N. Adams Street, Tacoma, WA 98407. Telephone: (253) 677-4027; Email:

The author declares no conflict of interest.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy of the Department of the Army, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

Copyright © 2017 Physician Assistant Education Association
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