Department of Radiology, Seoul National University
In South Korea, only medical physicians can legally perform ultrasounds. In medical school, very basic ultrasound education is included in radiology courses, but this student education is not enough to perform ultrasound examinations. Ultrasound training including ultrasound guided biopsy and intervention is done during radiology residency. Other than radiology, obstetrics and gynecology （OBGY） and cardiology residents formally receive ultrasound training in their fields. As interest in ultrasound, both scientific and monetary, grows in other specialties such as internal medicine, neurology, emergency medicine, they are trying to include ultrasound training program in their resident training. Because, there is a definite trend of popular use of ultrasound by non-radiologists, the Korean Society of Ultrasound in Medicine （KSUM） decided to start a certification program for physicians to upgrade quality of ultrasound examinations. In 2014, KSUM developed online education programs including interactive sessions with a favorable feed-back from physicians. The online educational programs cover wide range from basics to advanced ultrasound topics. In this year, pediatric and contrast enhanced ultrasound will be added. Other ultrasound related societies are also actively developing educational seminars and hands-on workshops. In 2013, the KSUM together with the Korean Society of Radiology （KSR） published ultrasound practice guidelines. KSUM is preparing to expand ultrasound educations in medical student curriculum.