EduCast 8 | Ultrasound and Simulation in Medical Education

Sept 2022

Vave’s early partnership with Touro University Nevada led to educational collaborations with Touro educational faculty, including the team supporting POCUS education (AFTER the study intervention!) at the annual multi-school but Rocky Vista University-led Intensive Surgical Skills Week (aka “Cutsuit Week” named for the realistic surgical task trainers that can be worn by simulated trauma victims).

In this EduCast:

  • Dr. Anthony LaPorta will share the inspiration behind this novel curriculum for students enrolled in the Health Professions Scholars Program in addition to some of the most impactful research produced there
  • Dr. Bradley Havins will share his first experience with the Vave Med Ed app (aka Vave Academy) and the genesis of this particular study
  • OMSII Ryan Becker will walk us through the findings and they study team impressions


Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP

Director, Point of Care Ultrasound @ OHSU & Chief Medical Officer @ Vave Health

Dr. Renee Dversdal, MD, FACP, CHSE is a clinical and teaching hospitalist at Oregon Health & Science University. Her ultrasound obsession started during her residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and has continued to grow since returning to OHSU in 2012. As the Director of OHSU’s Point of Care Ultrasound, she works in ultrasound education across the medical education spectrum from MD/NP/PA students to residents/fellows & faculty from OHSU & abroad. As of July 2016, she also co-directs the General Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship, which is the first of its kind on the West Coast. She is active nationally as a Board Member for the Society for Ultrasound in Medical Education, and a member of the American College of Physicians Clinical Skills Committee. Renee serves as the Chief Medical Officer at Vave Health.


Dr. Anthony LaPorta, MD, FACS, FACOS, Col. (Ret) US Army

Professor of Surgery & Military Medicine, Rocky Vista University

Dr. Anthony J. LaPorta is Professor of Surgery and Military Medicine at Rocky Vista University School of Medicine. He is retired from the U.S. Army as a Colonel after over 26 years of service, having served in every aspect of medical education and military command leadership. A member of the prestigious Department of Defense elite Defense Health Board, he is a member of the Trauma and Injury subcommittee. Dr. LaPorta has performed as CO-PI on multiple DOD research projects including the use of “Immersion Training” in the formation of “Stress Inoculation” to address Hardiness, Resilience and Emotional Intelligence. He has authored over 300 peer-reviewed articles and presentations on surgery, immunology, military medicine, and simulation.  He originally trained in surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Oxford, England.  An avid skier, he was the first American to run the Olympic torch for the 2010 Vancouver games.

Dr. Bradley Havins, MD, FAAFP

Assistant Professor, Touro University Nevada

Dr. Havins is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno where he received a B.S. in Biology. He then went on to graduate from Wake Forest School of Medicine and also received the Health Professional Scholarship Program through the U.S. Army. Dr. Havins trained in Family Medicine at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in northern Virginia. He then served in various duty stations such as Fort Campbell, KY, Camp Buehring in Kuwait, and Fort Meade, MD. He has worked as a hospitalist, primary care physician, and clinic medical director. Additionally, Dr. Havins has been on the adjunct faculty for the U.S. Army PA Program, the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Transition Year program, and the Uniformed Services University Doctorate of Nursing program. After serving seven years in the Army, Dr. Havins returned to his hometown of Las Vegas and joined the faculty at Touro.

Ryan Becker

Osteopathic Medical Student 2, Touro University Nevada

Ryan Becker is a second-year osteopathic medical student at Touro University Nevada. He was raised in Henderson, NV, after which he attended the University of Nevada, Reno. He then matriculated into the TUN DO Class of 2024, where he is working with his research mentor, Dr. Bradley Havins MD, on ultrasound education in the military. As an Army HPSP student, he is excited to continue working to improve military medical education and serve a fulfilling career as an Army physician.