Cognitivism and Ultrasound Skills in Emergency Medicine Training: From Theory to Practice

Document Type : Mini Review


Department of Emergency Medicine, Altnagelvin Hospital, Northern Ireland, UK


Learning theories are not just an academic concept, but are essential in developing sound principles and a framework of result-oriented learning. This gives the foundation of proficient teaching methods in the communication of significant learning information to meet the needs of both the trainee and the trainer as well as the curriculum. In emergency medicine training, ultrasonography requires a combination of motor, visual and cognitive skills. Simulation-based ultrasound training is essential for technicians to progress from learners to expert. Cognitivism, a learning theory, is relevant to the development of ultrasound skills through the application of its key principles in emergency medicine training.


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