The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center provides opportunities to learn point-of-care sonography, to teach students and physicians how to obtain and interpret diagnostic images, and to engage in research in this fast-emerging subspecialty. Our 1-year fellowship, established in 2005, is one of more than 60 now offered across the country.
The fellowship curriculum follows the national model described by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), with an emphasis on teaching skills. Our fellows teach students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, residents in our categorical and paired specialty tracks (emergency medicine with internal medicine, pediatrics, and critical care), and physicians from community hospitals who attend the Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound Course presented at the University of Maryland twice each year.
Fellows attend ACEP’s annual Scientific Assembly, including the 1-day Ultrasound Management Course that precedes it, and the review course for the certification examination administered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). They also have the option of attending a third conference of their choice.
Fellows are expected to design and complete a research project during their year of study, with the goal of preparing a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The fellowship year includes a half-time faculty position within the University of Maryland School of Medicine, clinical duties in an adult ED within the Maryland Emergency Medicine Network, and involvement with quality assurance reviews of ultrasound images obtained by residents. Each fellow will complete more than 800 ultrasound examinations and build a digital file of those images for use in teaching and publication.
At the completion of the University of Maryland Ultrasound Fellowship, fellows have the opportunity to sit for the ARDMS certification examination. They are experienced sonographers, ready to assume a leadership role in a university- or community-based emergency ultrasound program.
Interested physicians may apply at eusfellowships.com.