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Emergency Ultrasound – UI Health

Updated: 9/1/2023

This 2 or 4 week elective is geared towards M3 and M4 students who would like to gain basic knowledge of ultrasound in emergency medicine and be able to incorporate it into their everyday clinical practice. We do not require any pre-requisites as we believe that the ultrasound roation will help students go on to excel in their other rotations.

This Emergency Medicine elective is designed to help incorporate emergency bedside ultrasound as a tool for diagnosis and treatment.  Current literature and future applications of emergency bedside ultrasound will be explored while on rotation.

The student will be expected to attend an average of four bedside teaching sessions per week at  UIC and one ultrasound quality assurance meeting (Wednesday or Friday afternoon).  The student will also be required to complete pre-assigned reading assignments.  Bedside scanning will be performed on a variety of patients presenting to the emergency department.

There is a 2 and 4 week rotation option. Both durations are graded on participation (timeliness, professionalism, enthusiasm), OSATs, two presentations during image review (journal article and interesting case). The 4 week rotators will also complete an end-of-rotation test given in the last week of the rotation. For both the 2 week and 4 week rotators, there is an optional opportunity to work on a scholarly activity with faculty members. This may include but is not limited to preparation of a case report or image in medicine for a peer reviewed journal, authorship on a blog post, assistance with faculty academic projects.

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  • Program Number

    ELEC: 256

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Molly Hartrich, M.D.

    *UIC Students can check availability and request scheduling by emailing James Flamm (  Please note you that the subject line of the email request must be “Availability for ELEC256: EM Ultrasound”.


  • Program Information

    Non UIC students will not be accepted.
    ​Hospital: UI Health
    Address:  1740 W. Taylor, Chicago, IL 60612
    Duration of Elective: 2 week or 4 week
    Night Call: Yes
    Weekends: Yes
    # of Students Accepted:  Min: 0 Max: 2
    Housestaff Used as Faculty:Yes
    Number of hours/week: 40
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty contact: 20
    Independent Study:Required readings
    Outpatient: All scans performed in the Emergency Department

    Important Note:Scheduled students, please provide your cell phone number so the instructors can communicate with you in real time. Meeting locations/times sometimes change last minute.