Topics in Ultrasound EducationImportance of Ultrasound Education in Undergraduate Medical Curriculum A Survey Study Based on First-Year Medical Students' Perception of the 6-Year Doctor of Medicine Program of the University of Nicosia Medical School in CyprusZervides, Constantinos PhD; Kefala-Karli, Pelagia BSc; Sassis, Leandros BScAuthor Information Ultrasounds Institute, School of Medicine, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus. Received for publication March 26, 2020; accepted August 21, 2020. The authors declare no conflict of interest. Address correspondence to: Constantinos Zervides, PhD, Ultrasounds Institute, School of Medicine, University of Nicosia, 21 Ilia Papakyriakou St, 2414, Engomi, Nicosia, Cyprus (e-mail: [email protected]). Ultrasound Quarterly: December 2020 - Volume 36 - Issue 4 - p 328-332 doi: 10.1097/RUQ.0000000000000540 Buy Metrics Abstract Ultrasound imaging modality is a tool used in clinical practice and is being introduced gradually in the undergraduate curriculum of several medical schools worldwide. This study aims to assess medical students' perception regarding the integration of ultrasound training as part of undergraduate education. A questionnaire was given to first-year medical students after a 2-hour-long session, which was developed to introduce them in the fundamental physics theory and function of ultrasound equipment in the clinical practice. Analysis of the results indicated that students acknowledged that ultrasound training would improve their knowledge of internal medicine (P = 0.027) and of different diagnostic modalities (P = 0.019), and enhance their medical decision making (P = 0.0004). Moreover, students found beneficial the ultrasound education regarding correlating clinical knowledge with basic sciences (P = 0.0004). The study pointed out that the majority of first-year students have the opinion that the integration of ultrasound training in the medical program is valuable in medical education and patient care. However, work is needed to determine how to provide an optimal learning environment and to assess the competency of the training sessions. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.