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Ultrasound Fellowship

Our department offers a one-year fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound, integrating didactic education, quality assurance training, clinical research, and robust hands- on experience.

Develop leaders in ultrasound education for both the academic and emergency department setting.

Educational philosophy
The Ultrasound Fellowship incorporates didactics, quality assurance training, academic mentoring, clinical research and robust hands-on experience. We adapt each fellowship instruction toward the distinctive goals of each fellow, whether they intend to pursue a position in an academic center or in a community institution as an ultrasound director or educator, or a combination of both. We ensure that each fellow is highly competent when they apply and interview for a position.

  1. Identify and develop every Emergency Ultrasound (EUS) fellow’s specific ultrasound interests and career goals.
  2. Establish ongoing mentorship relationships with the fellowship director and ultrasound faculty.
  3. Obtain competency in all 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 workshop for novices in POCUS.
  8. Actively participate in new and ongoing emergency ultrasound research.

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Weekly Quality Assurance (QA) Sessions

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

Didactic Education

Podcasts and webinars on EM POCUS will be assigned throughout the academic year, combined with several lectures by the fellowship director or one of the core EM ultrasound faculty.

Pelvic Ultrasound Training

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.

EM Ultrasound Journal Club

A student, resident, or fellow presents journal articles each week after ultrasound QA. The fellowship director or the assistant fellowship director moderates each journal club.

Ultrasound Scanning Shifts

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 they will receive bedside teaching and real-time feedback on their scans.

Academic/Research Mentoring

The fellow will participate in research projects in the department and develop their own research project. The fellowship director will mentor the fellow while they develop the clinical question and study design, then writes and submits the IRB application.

Abstract & Academic Article Submission

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.

Additional Opportunities

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 Chicago: Master of Health Professional Education (MHPE), Master of Public Health (MPH), or Master of Clinical and Translational Sciences (MSCTS). Upon acceptance into a Master’s 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

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Dr. Rebecca Caton

Dr. Rebecca Caton, 2018 Alumna

Dr. Caton chose to do her fellowship over two years. During her fellowship, Dr. Caton co-authored two published manuscripts and submitted a third 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.

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