2024 SAEMF/AEUS Research Grant - $10,000

"A Multi-center Trial to Determine eFAST Longitudinal Curves Using CUSUM Analysis"

The proposed study will help to more scientifically determine how many extended focused assessment with sonography for trauma (eFAST) scans emergency medicine interns should perform to achieve competency. The study can easily be adapted to assess learning curves for all core endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) scans, and can potentially improve the overall quality of EUS education.


  • Lynn P. Roppolo, MD

    Integrative Emergency Services at Tarrant County Hospital District, JPS Health Network

    "A Multi-center Trial to Determine eFAST Longitudinal Curves Using CUSUM Analysis"

    Dr. Roppolo is a retired professor of emergency medicine from the University of Texas Southwestern, where she was employed for 21 years, worked clinically primarily at Parkland Hospital, was part of the residency leadership for 15 years and completed the emergency ultrasound fellowship in 2019. She has participated in almost 50 research studies primarily as the principal investigator or senior author and has mentored countless number of students, residents and junior faculty in research. She is currently working clinically at John Peter Smith Hospital as core faculty and the assistant ultrasound director. She is employed by Integrative Emergency Services (IES) and created an ultrasound research collaborative with other IES ultrasound faculty at two nearby hospitals with EM residency programs and mandatory ultrasound rotations. Their AEUS grant study is a multi-institutional study involving these three programs to determine longitudinal learning curves of their rotating EM interns for the eFAST examination using cumulative sum (CUSUM), an analysis widely used in the medical field in recent years.