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Early training in clinical ultrasound for general-practitioner military residents
  1. Nicolas Cazes1,
  2. J Galant1,
  3. A Renard1,
  4. C Boutillier Du Retail1 and
  5. J Leyral2
  1. 1 Emergency Medical Service, Bataillon de Marins-pompiers de Marseille, Marseille, France
  2. 2 Service des urgences, Hôtel Dieu de Pont l'Abbé, Pont l'Abbé, France
  1. Correspondence to Dr Nicolas Cazes, Emergency Medical Service, Bataillon de Marins-pompiers de Marseille, Marseille 13003, France; md.ncazes{at}

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In 2010, we trained 10 general practitioner military residents in ultrasound in their first internship during 6-month posts.1 Ten years later, we sought to assess the impact of the ultra-early clinical ultrasound training provided through university curricula on the current daily activity of the trained doctors in (blinded) and on foreign military operations. Eight military doctors out of the 10 initially trained responded to an email sent to them on 8 November 2021. All are still in the military with various assignments within the (blinded) armed health service (AHS) (figure 1). Seven out of 8 responding doctors still use ultrasound in their daily practice. Ultrasound is used in different situations (figure 2). Six practitioners estimated that they perform around 50 ultrasound scans per year, …

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  • Contributors NC and JL conceptualised and wrote the original draft and the final manuscript. JG and AR wrote the original draft, handled the resources and reviewed the final manuscript. CBDR and JL supervised, validated, reviewed and edited the final manuscript.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.