Ultrasound General Information

The EM ultrasound section is committed to educating residents and fellows in the newest ultrasound applications within emergency medicine. Section members contributed to the writing of the ultrasound education guidelines for the Council of Residency Directors and the Emergency Ultrasound fellowships in Emergency Medicine and contribute key advice on national issues. In light of this we emphasize a resident curriculum that demands proficiency in ultrasound guided venous cannulation, eFAST, AAA, pregnant patients, cardiac applications, DVT, gallbladder, renal and procedural assistance. The residency has two RDMS level sonographers, including two who are fellowship trained.

Our resident training program consists of an intern introduction session and a one-month rotation in emergency medicine ultrasound. During that month residents are expected to perform 150 ultrasounds in the “lifesaving” applications and gain sufficient proficiency to perform the exams. Also during this period residents review all of their scans in “tape review sessions” and are critiqued on image acquisition skills, interpretation, and integration. Residents are expected to continue scanning and integrate what they’ve learned in the remaining years of residency. Additionally, third and fourth year residents can take an advanced ultrasound elective. At this level, residents are expected to teach incoming interns basic ultrasound skills, as well as learn more challenging applications such as nerve blocks, advanced procedures, testicular, and more.

In addition to the resident rotations, there are many other avenues of ultrasound education. A fourth year medical student clerkship is offered. During this 4 week rotation, the medical student will be working closely with the ultrasound faculty to learn basic ultrasound techniques, as well as emergency applications. Also, residents with a strong interest in ultrasound are encouraged to join the Ultrasound Track meetings, participate in research, and have many opportunities for education at the local and national level.

We have an Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship. The environment created by fellowship-trained and RDMS-certified faculty, as well as the rich pathology, make WUSM an ideal training location. The fellowship will offer an enormous volume of ultrasounds, as well as emphasis on the administrative aspects of beginning and maintaining a fellowship. Fellows will be expected to take on teaching and research responsibilities. The fellowship complies with the American College of Emergency Physician’s Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship guidelines.

Deborah Kane, MD

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine