Emergency medicine is probably just the beginning. APCA will likely expand to other specialties here and abroad. If we were crazy enough to buy into this unnecessary merit badge program, we would put APCA in a prime position to manipulate the set standards for ultrasound training and qualifications. We would essentially be letting a group not based in emergency medicine tell us how to train and practice with one of our most beloved bedside tools.
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What can we do? The best thing we can do is … nothing! Don’t sign up for unnecessary merit badge courses in emergency medicine. You are only hurting your peers when credentialing committees see you with a merit badge certificate and then start demanding it of others.
Dr. Fields is chair of the ACEP Emergency Ultrasound Section and a physician in the department of emergency medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego.