Each member of the Lewis Katz School of Medicine Class of 2024 received Butterfly iQ+ ultrasound devices at a special event at the school today, Monday, October 4. The Katz School of Medicine provided the students with the handheld, portable ultrasound devices. This comes just two months after each member of the Katz School of Medicine Class of 2025 received the devices at the annual White Coat Ceremony thanks to a generous donation by Ronald Salvitti, MD ‘63. The gift was the first of its kind for medical students in Philadelphia and on the East Coast.
“We don’t want the medical education our students receive at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine to be obsolete on the day that they graduate,” said Amy J. Goldberg, MD, FACS, Interim Dean and George S. Peters, MD and Louise C. Peters Chair and Professor of Surgery at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. “Incorporating innovative technology into the first two years of our curriculum provides our students with not only knowledge and skills, to use this technology, but understand how it will help them to be better doctors.”
From a medical education standpoint, ultrasound is almost like a stethoscope with eyes, revealing bodily structures to help the learner identify possible abnormalities. Using it in tandem with the stethoscope doubles down on diagnostic tools that enrich and accelerate medical student learning. Every first- and second-year Katz School of Medicine student now owns and will learn to use this technology, bringing them that much closer to the patient bedside, that much sooner.