Ultrasound Fellowship

EVMS Emergency Medicine

 

Our Mission is to train motivated emergency physicians in the application of advanced point-of-care ultrasound and to develop these physicians into future academicians, researchers, and leaders in point-of-care ultrasound.


Our vision is to develop a world-class fellowship program through training in cutting edge ultrasound technologies, ensuring mastery of emergency ultrasound techniques, engaging in ground breaking research, and developing best practice instructional techniques.

 

 

Context & Structure

  • We follow the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) guidelines for Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship training.
  • The number of learners in our fellowship program will always be small, and this is by design. We are focused and dedicated to the education our individual fellows. This structure also allows for a significant amount of flexibility in the curriculum.
  • Ultrasound Fellows will be trained and certified as Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (RDMS)—Abdominal Specialty and as Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographers (RDCS)—Adult Echo Specialty. 
  • Flexibility is built-in to the curriculum to obtain additional training and credentials in MusculoSkeletal, Vascular Ultrasound, or regional anesthesia as desired.
  • The current curriculum undertakes a blended approach, combining both traditional and asynchronous didactics with practice in a simulation environment to the bedside under mentored practice, and finally to independent practice under quality assurance and quality improvement oversight.
  • Attending, Resident and Medical Student education is an important part of our Program. Our faculty and fellows lead multiple educational rounds sessions every month. (US ROUNDS)
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School offers us a 25,000 square foot Center for Simulation and Immersive Learning with state of the art facilities, classrooms, phantoms, simulators, and over a dozens of modern ultrasound machines.
  • Each clinical site where the emergency ultrasound fellow works (Level 1 Trauma Center to Free Standing ED) has a state of the art bedside ultrasound unit with a full array of probes, with several sites having multiple machines.
  • All of our fellowship graduates have gone on to academic or teaching positions in prestigious universities or large group practices.

 

Requirements

The prerequisites for applying to the fellowship program include:

  1. Eligible to hold a license to practice medicine in the State of Virginia.
  2. Graduate of an MD or DO medical school.
  3. Graduate of a three year ACGME accredited emergency medicine residency program.
  4. Board Eligible (BE) or Board Certified (BC) by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM).
     

 

Curriculum Overview

  • The fellowship year is broken down into three macro-blocks which include Physics and Instrumentation, Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasound, and Cardiac and Critical Care. Each of the macro-blocks has a monthly focus for the didactics, simulation and scanning sessions. Each month is further subdivided into weekly educational sessions, simulation sessions, clinical shifts and scanning shifts.
  • Other topics integrated throughout the year include: Regional Anesthesia, musculoskeletal and vascular ultrasound.  
  • Three Wednesdays per month are protected for our fellows and faculty. 
  • There is a global skills assessment on the first day of fellowship, an interim mid year, and a final end of year evaluation.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and apply the principles of ultrasound physics and instrumentation (Knowledge, Comprehension, Skill)
  • Perform a complete abdominal ultrasound according to AIUM guidelines (Skill).
  • Perform a complete echocardiogram according to ASE guidelines (Skill).
  • Performs the full range of limited point of care ultrasounds according to ACEP guidelines (Skill).
  • Design and execute an independent research project (Knowledge, Skill).
  • Critically appraise the medical literature for new ultrasound concepts and applications (Knowledge, Cognitive).
  • Effectively administer an ultrasound program (Knowledge, Skill, Attitude).
  • Teach ultrasound concepts and skills to a variety of learners (Knowledge, Skill, Attitude).
  • Maintain a mindset of patient safety at all times (Attitude).
     

Length of Training

Our program runs for one year with a traditional start date on or about July 1.

 

Compensation

Our program is supported through Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT). Our Fellows are well compensated and work 1000 hours of clinical time with the option to pick up additional shifts as desired. For information regarding salary and benefits, please contact us.