Trained Simulated Ultrasound Patient Program (TSUP)

Trained Simulated Ultrasound Patient Program (TSUP)


What is a TSUP?

TSUP is a program set up to allow medical students to learn anatomy and physiology and the clinical application of point ot care ultrasound all while serving as an ultrasound model. Students are given an orientation and a series of didactics.

How to Be a TSUP

Step 1. Fill out and email the TSUP Bill of rights and TSUP consent form to .

Step 2. Complete the Quiz based on the Orientation (Speak Up TSUP) and How to Ultrasound Timeout videos.

Step 3. Signup to model

    1. Prior to attending a session review online materials for that scan
    2. If you have any questions about the scan you have signed up for please consult faculty or TSUP coordinator
    3. Show up to the scanning session appropriately dressed (scrubs or lose clothes or other similar items of clothing you do not mind potentially getting Ultrasound gel on!)
    4. Check-In with your facilitator about 10 minutes prior to session
        1. Participate in US Time Out
        2. Be Scanned
        3. Debrief with facilitator
        4. Log hours -


Q. After becoming a TSUP, what are my commitments?

    1. Depending on the ultrasound program that you are participating in your modeling requirements may vary. See the ultrasound website to find out what your program requirements are. However, be assured that all modeling is optional.

Q. What if I don’t feel comfortable having a certain body part scanned?

    1. Before signing up for a particular scan, it would be a good idea to reference the Scan Locations Quick Sheet to find out specific information about the scan, including what parts of the body will need to be uncovered. If you know ahead of time that you would not feel comfortable uncovering that part of your body for a scan, please feel free to not sign up for that scan. Instead you may want to sign up for another scan that you feel more comfortable with. If you get to a scanning session and decide there that you don’t feel comfortable with the scan, don’t hesitant to let those in charge that you don’t feel comfortable and other arrangements will be made. First and foremost we are concerned with protecting you as the model and making sure the experience is pleasant for you.

Q. How can I find out where on my body I will be scanned?

    1. Refer to the Scan Locations Quick Sheet that pertains to the scan that you will be participating in. Here is a link to the Scan Locations Quick Sheet: Quick Look Sheets.

Q. What should I wear?

    1. It will depend on the type of scan that you are modeling for, but in general it would be a good idea to wear clothing that is loose fitting around the areas that will be scanned. Please refer to the Scan Locations Quick Sheet (QuickLookSheets) and wear something that corresponds to the scan.

Q. What if I have religious/personal beliefs that don’t allow me to participate in particular scans?

    1. We encourage you to maintain your religious/personal beliefs. Please also look into the other scans to see if any of them are compatible with your beliefs. If you find some that are, we encourage you to watch out for these sessions and sign up for them when you see them. You may also contact the coordinators to find out what else you can do to participate in the ultrasound programs.

Q. What if I get uncomfortable while being scanned?

    1. If you get uncomfortable during a scan, please don’t hesitate to speak up and voice that you are uncomfortable. You can also guide the hand of the person scanning and control or direct where they are putting the probe so that you feel more comfortable. Also make sure that you are the only one who arranges or modifies your own clothing or the drapes to accommodate the scan.

Q. What should I do if I need to tell someone about an incident that occurred or if I have general feedback for the program?

    1. There are a few options:
      1. Resolve any problems you can at the session with those people involved.
      2. Give anonymous feedback on the website -
      3. Contact the TSUP coordinators, the session coordinators, or Dr. David Bahner and Dr. Creagh Boulger.
      4. Contact Joanne Lynn ( if you need to report a serious incident.
      5. Contact Title IX office (

Q. How can I find out who will be scanning me?

    1. Refer to the TSUP sign-up sheet, where there should be a brief description of who the scanning session is for (e.g. students, residents, fellows, listed by department, etc.)

Q. Where do I log my modeling hours?


Q. What if I am no longer able to attend a session that I have signed up for?

    1. If you realize that you are no longer able to model for a session you have signed up for, please find a substitute model. You can email the TSUP group and ask someone to take your spot. Remember: sign up, show up or get a sub!

Q. What if I cannot meet all the TSUP modeling requirements for a certain ultrasound program (e.g. Intermediate Ultrasound)?

    1. If you find that after all your efforts you are unable to fulfill your modeling requirements please feel free to talk to your program coordinators to see if anything can be done.


*Participation in the TSUP program does not automatically involve the students in any of the ultrasound programs offered by OSUCOM and that if the students are strictly a TSUP model, they only have to model.

* TSUP models are not required to fulfill a required minimum of modeling hours. However, the Beginner or Intermediate Ultrasound program have certain Ultrasound experience hour requirements, to which TSUP modeling can contribute. Confirm with your program coordinator what those requirements are today!

*It should be emphasized that joining the TSUP program and modeling is completely voluntary and students are by no means pressured to expose any body part that they do not wish to expose. We also refrain from scanning the TSUP models' breasts (for females) and genitalia (in both genders).