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Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Program

Why Train at UT Southwestern

The Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Program is a one-year, Texas Medical Board-accredited fellowship program offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Division of General Emergency Medicine.

The fellowship trains future leaders in Emergency Medicine Ultrasound. It focuses on enhancing the fellow's ultrasound knowledge and skills, as well as emphasizes program development and management. Ultrasound fellows will gain the necessary experience and acquire the skills essential to initiating and maintaining a successful Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Program.

The fellow will work with the Program Director jointly in all aspects of the fellowship, including faculty development, resident education, curriculum development, quality assurance, image archiving, machine maintenance and purchasing, as well as billing and documentation.

Fellows will participate in weekly Clinical Ultrasound didactics including lectures, quality assurance, and journal club. In addition, the fellow is expected to complete five scanning shifts per month in addition to eight clinical shifts in the ED. Fellows will perform and interpret a minimum of 1,200 ultrasound examinations. By the end of the fellowship, the physician will not only be exceptional at using ultrasound clinically, but will also be a leader in teaching and be prepared to run their own ultrasound program. By graduation, the fellow will easily be ready to sit for the Advanced EM Ultrasonography Certification Examination.

Program Resources

Our main site is Parkland Hospital, a large county hospital among the busiest in the country. At Parkland, we have eight touch-enabled Mindray TE-7 ultrasound machines. Both bedside reads and quality assurance are performed directly from Q-path as well as a well-developed billing program for exams performed. Additionally, Clements University Hospital has two SonoSite X-Porte ultrasound systems and one SonoSite M-Turbo ultrasound system, and Children's Medical Center Dallas has one Sonosite X-Porte ultrasound system. All three sites provide extensive training of fellows, residents, and medical students.

Program Goals

  • Perform at least 1,200 exams by fellowship graduation
  • Incorporate point-of-care and/or limited bedside ultrasound into clinical emergency medicine practice
  • Recognize limitations and indications of ED bedside ultrasound
  • Learn ultrasound machine operations and knobology
  • Understand basic ultrasound physics
  • Become proficient in bedside cardiac, abdominal, endocavitary, vascular, and procedural guidance ultrasound exams
  • Develop competency in advanced ultrasound applications:
    • Regional anesthesia
    • Ocular
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Appendicitis
    • Intussusception
    • Pyloric stenosis
  • Become skilled in interpreting ultrasound images and video
  • Gain a solid understanding of current ultrasound literature, politics, and practices
  • Attend and participate in weekly quality assurance ultrasound review sessions with ultrasound faculty
  • Be able to establish and maintain an ultrasound program
  • Become a leader in bedside emergency medicine ultrasound