Ultrasound fellowship

One year of practice-changing experience. Our emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship will incorporate didactic training, quality assurance training, clinical research and robust hands- on experience. Learn to develop ultrasound (US) curriculum, broaden your skills, and teach US in the future.


The mission of the UIC Emergency Medicine (EM) Ultrasound fellowship is to create leaders in ultrasound education by preparing our fellows to develop, manage and maintain an ultrasound-training program for both the academic and community EM setting.

Educational philosophy

The University of Illinois at Chicago ultrasound fellowship incorporates didactics, quality assurance training, academic mentoring, clinical research and a robust hands-on experience. We adjust the educational experience toward the unique goals of each fellow, whether the fellow intends to seek a position in an academic center (i.e. at an institution attached to a residency), in community group (i.e. as an ultrasound director/educator) or a combination of both. We make sure each fellows is highly competitive when he or she is ready to apply and interview for a job. See the “other information” section below to read about what our past fellows have accomplished during their fellowship and what types of positions they took after their fellowship.

Educational objectives

  1. Identify and develop every Emergency Ultrasound (EUS) fellow’s unique ultrasound interests and career goals
  2. Establish on-going mentorship relationship with the Fellowship Director and ultrasound faculty
  3. Obtain competency in all of the eleven core point of care ultrasound (POCUS) applications outlined in the ACEP 2008 guidelines.
  4. Describe how to create and participate in a hospital credentialing program for POCUS in the emergency department
  5. Describe how to create and participate in billing program for POCUS performed in the ED
  6. Describe how to create effective curricula for students, residents and attending physicians in POCUS in the ED and hospital.
  7. Be able to plan and execute a successful POCUS training course or work shop for novices in POCUS
  8. Actively participate in new and ongoing emergency ultrasound research

Core components of fellowship

The fellows are required to attend weekly QA meetings where all POCUS performed in the department the prior week will be reviewed with fellowship director or other designated faculty member. The fellows will receive direct feedback on their scans and teaching on ultrasounds performed by others during these QA sessions.

Several lectures, podcasts and webinars on EM POCUS will be assigned throughout the academic year. The fellowship director and/or one of the core EM ultrasound faculty will give several lectures.

Fellows have an opportunity to enhance their endovaginal pelvic ultrasound skills through an annual course hosted by the UIC family medicine department. Additional hands-on training on endovaginal pelvic ultrasound is available through various workshops and through the simulation lab at UIC College of Medicine.

Each week journal articles are presented by a student, resident or fellow after ultrasound QA. The fellowship director or the assistant fellowship director moderates each journal club.

The fellows will scan with the fellowship director or one of the core EM ultrasound faculty an average of 3-4 times per month during which time he or she will receive bedside teaching and real-time feedback on his or her scans.

The fellow will participate in research projects going on in the department as well as develop his or her own research project. The fellowship director will mentor the fellow while he or she develops the clinical question and study design, then writes and submits the IRB application.

The fellow will have the chance to submit a minimum of at least one abstract to a national or international emergency medicine meeting AND at least one manuscript to be published in a peer reviewed journal, magazine or newsletter. The fellowship director or one of the core EM ultrasound faculty will help the fellow organize the abstract (or manuscript) and prepare it for submission.

Two year fellowship opportunities are available for candidates interested in pursuing advanced degrees. Candidates who are interested in this option must submit a separate application and be accepted in one of the following masters programs offered at the University of Illinois at Chicago: masters of health professional education (MHPE), Masters of public health (MPH), or Masters of Clinical and Translational Sciences (MS). Upon acceptance into a Masters Program, a tuition waiver will be available.

We also offer opportunities for combined ultrasound fellowships with one of two other fellowships: International and Resuscitation. One of our fellowship graduates and current core faculty, Dr. Kotini-Shah, completed a combined EM ultrasound and Resuscitation fellowship.

There is also a longitudinal teaching scholars fellowship program over one to two years through the department of medical education.

How to Apply

EUS Fellowships

Alumni Spotlight

Dr. Rebecca Caton

Dr. Caton graduated from the fellowship in June 2018. Dr. Caton chose to do her fellowship over a two year period. During her fellowship, Dr. Caton co-authored two manuscripts that were published, and she submitted a third manuscript for publication. She organized and moderated the annual Emergency Ultrasound Day for the residents, and that course received the highest marks by the resident ever. After her fellowship, Dr. Caton was hired as an emergency physician at Northwest Community Medical Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois. 


Peer-Reviewed Journals

Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Soppet S, Chen YF, Molokie R, Prajapati P, Prendergast HM. “Use of bedside ultrasound as a predictive tool for acute chest syndrome in sickle cell patients: A prospective exploratory study.” Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jul 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Del Rios M, Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Briller J, Gerber B, Prendergast H. “Emergency physician use of tissue Doppler bedside echocardiography in detecting diastolic dysfunction: an exploratory study.” Critical Ultrasound Journal. 2018 Jan 25;10(1):4.

Prendergast HM, Del Rios M, Petzel-Gimbar R, Garside D, Heinert S, Escobar-Schulz S, Kotini-Shah P, Brown M, Chen J, Colla JS, Fitzgibbon M, Durazo-Arvizu RA, Daviglus M. “A hypertension emergency department intervention aimed at decreasing disparities: Design of a randomized clinical trial. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2018 January;64:1-7.

Huang, F, Caton RM, Colla JS. “Point-of-care Ultrasound Diagnosis of Acute Sialolithiasis with Sialoadenitis.” Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine – Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 2017 October 18;1(4):437-8.

Caton RM, Kotini-Shah P, Ahmed A, Colla JS. “Identifying Pediatric Skull Fracture Using Point-of-Care Ultrasound.” Emergency Medicine. 2017 September;49(9):427-429.

Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Scholz RB, Eilbert W. “Identification of Aortic Dissection Using Limited Bedside Ultrasound.” Emergency Medicine, March 2017;49(3):135-137.

Naing L, Fredericks P, Colla JS. “Ultrasound-Guided Hip Arthrocentesis.” Emergency Medicine, January 2017;49(1):37-38.

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Patel N, Del Rios M, Marcucci J, Scholz R, Ngwang P, Cappitelli K, Daviglus M, Dudley S. “Correlation between Subclinical Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Profiles in an Urban Emergency Department Population with Elevated Blood Pressures: A Pilot Study.” Journal of Emergency Medicine, June 2015;48(6):756-61

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Del Rios M, Marcucci J, Scholz R, O’Neal T. “Playing a Role in Secondary Prevention in the ED: Longitudinal Study of Asymptomatic Hypertension Following A Brief Education Intervention: A Pilot.” Public Health Journal, May 2015;129(5):604-6.


Marcucci J, Dukarevich Y, Scholz R, Rodos A, Colla JS. “Undifferentiated Hypotension: How a RUSH Ultrasound Could Save a Life.” Emergency Physicians Monthly, November 2013;21(1):3-4.

Peer-Reviewed Abstracts

Caton RM, Colla JS, Kotini-Shah P, Baldes C, Rzeszutko J.
“Interobserver Variability of Global Longitudinal Strain by Emergency Physicians“. Poster presentation, 3A-154, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference, 10 September 2017(Recognized as a top 20 outstanding posters)

Ozga M, Huang F, Colla JS. “TAPSE Predicts LOS in ED Patients with Sickle Cell Crisis.” Abstract Presentation, Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 7 September 2017

Kotini-Shah P, Colla JS, Ozga M, Zubenko A, Tatz R. “Characterization of Acute Chest Syndrome by Lung Ultrasound.” American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine. E-poster presentation. Lake Buena Vista, Florida, 25-29 March 2017

Kotini-Shah P, Gustafsson MB, Briller J, Prendergast HM, Del Rios M, Patel N, Colla JS. “A Simplified Approach to Screen for Diastolic Dysfunction Using Limited Bedside Echocardiography by Emergency Physicians.” Academic Emergency Medicine, May 2015; 22:S403–S404.

Scholz RB, Kotini-Shah P, Eilbert W, Rechenmacher R, Colla JS. “A case of an elderly weight lifter.” Image in Medicine, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine, 12 May 2015.

Colla JS, Del Rios M, Eren E, Prendergast H. “Identification of Subclinical Cardiac Dysfunction using Bedside Echocardiograms in Emergency Department Patients by Emergency Physicians.” Annals of Emergency Medicine, October 2014; 64(4): S121, Abstract 345.

Prendergast H, Colla JS, Scholz R, Marcucci J, Del Rios M. “Correlation between Subclinical Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Profiles in an Urban Emergency Department Population with Asymptomatic Hypertension: A Pilot Study.” Academic Emergency Medicine, May 2014; 21 Suppl. 1:S262-S263, Abstract 636.

College of Medicine: 

Associate Professor, Ultrasound Fellowship Director

Contact Us

For further information regarding this fellowship and application process, please contact: 

Joseph Colla MD 

Pavitra Kotini-Shah MD 

College of Medicine: 

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Emergency Ultrasound Clinical Instructor