I've been talking to my ER friends and they are all saying that an ultrasound machine in the back pocket is going to be standard of care eventually. The critical care forum has a thread about an ultasound course for intensivists. What does everyone think about hospitalists getting proficient at basic ultrasound? I'm doing night float right now and I've had lots of times when I would have loved to be able to quickly r/o something like tamponade in a post-MI patient with hypotension. Or localizing a loculated effusion so I don't have to wait till morning to tap it. Even during the day, it gets old waiting for radiology to do this stuff for me. The radiologists will always be better of course, but it would be pretty cool to do some basic stuff on our own.