The curriculum of the emergency ultrasound fellowship is designed to prepare you for both the RDMS/RDCS certification examination and for a role as Director of Emergency Ultrasound in an emergency department.
To provide mentored career development in emergency ultrasound as evidenced by: skills in the use of bedside ultrasound; knowledge of indications for diagnostic, procedural, and resuscitation ultrasound; knowledge of image and data management; skills in the reviewing and quality assurance of ultrasound images and clips; skills in the administration of an emergency ultrasound program; emergency ultrasound curriculum development; and skills in a specific focus of research of emergency ultrasound.
To provide opportunities to provide opportunities as a mentor and educator for Emergency Medicine residents, rotating medical students, and other students.
To obtain and sharpen clinical skills necessary to maintain excellence in clinical practice and develop special expertise emergency ultrasound.
Perform 1000 technically adequate ultrasound exams. The fellow will record key segments of all studies.
Spend approximately two 4-hour shifts each week of dedicated scanning, in addition to clinical duties.
Meet the requirements for RDMS and/or RDCS certification
Attend weekly video review sessions
Develop short-term and long-term research plans to accomplish scholarly and career objectives.
Design and implement one or more studies in a chosen area of interest.
Produce intellectual products, including: one or more abstracts suitable for presentation at a national and international conference; one or more articles suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed specialty or general medical journal.
Develop skills in presenting scientific papers at regional and national academic conferences.
Present and critically appraise two recent ultrasound papers twice a month during ultrasound journal club
- Obtain and sharpen clinical skills necessary to maintain excellence in clinical practice.
- Develop clinical expertise that is complementary to Emergency Ultrasound.
- Pass the examinations necessary to secure ABEM or ABOEM certification in Emergency.
- Deliver at least 3 lectures to Emergency Medicine residents on sonographic topics.
- Prepare 5-6 brief didactics related to ultrasound topic of the month to be presented during tape review.
- Develop resident and faculty sonography skills during dedicated scanning shifts.
- Participate in formal hands-on ultrasound teaching sessions such as “Thrills and Spills,” “Medical Ultrasonography for Students at Emory” (MUSE), Intern orientation, and Faculty ultrasound training sessions.
- Participate in other departmental educational activities such as journal club, grand rounds, research committee, and resident/student teaching.
- Provide formal mentorship to selected Emergency Medicine residents/students working on research projects including project development, IRB submission, and data analysis.
- Develop skills in public speaking.
- Assist with the organization and management of the resident emergency ultrasound rotation
- Attend all ultrasound meetings, including but not limited to meetings with the financial division, the departmental leadership, residency leadership, or other departments within Emory University School of Medicine.
- Attend quarterly meetings with the Reimbursement Coordinator to discuss billing and reimbursement for emergency ultrasound.
- Develop an understanding of the various medical/legal aspects of performing and documenting emergency ultrasound examinations.
- Attend meetings with the Fellowship Director and manufacturers and representatives of ultrasound machines.
- Develop an understanding of the ideal attributes of a bedside ultrasound machine.
- Attend at least one of the ACEP, SAEM, or AIUM emergency ultrasound section meetings.
- Aid in the organization and implementation of a recruitment and selection process for the following year’s fellow(s).
Overview of the fellowship year
- 1st Quarter of the year - proficiency in scanning; familiarity with the department and residency; IRB submission.
- 2nd Quarter of the year- research projects; resident lecture; faculty lecture; abstract submitted for the AIUM meeting (deadline September 28).
- 3rd Quarter - teaching and research; resident / faculty lecture; begin leadership of QA.
- Final Quarter - research drafted and submitted; resident lecture; faculty lecture; run QA.
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