Training in Emergency Ultrasound

The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is one of the major Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals and is the home for the three year ACGME-accredited Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Our one-year emergency ultrasound fellowship is designed to provide mentored training for graduates of emergency medicine residency programs to become leaders in the field of emergency ultrasound. The program was approved by the BIDMC GME office. We are accredited through the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC). Visit our external ultrasound fellowship website.

International applicants interested in fellowship training or a mini-fellowship experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Description

Fellowship training will concentrate in 4 major areas:

Ultrasound Scanning Skills
  • Develop significant hands-on sonography skills in the use of emergency ultrasound
  • Develop significant knowledge base for bedside diagnostic, procedural, and resuscitation ultrasound and advanced ultrasound applications from other specialties
Education Skills
  • Advance his/her teaching skills through developing an emergency ultrasound lecture portfolio
  • Lead educational components of the resident and medical student ultrasound education such as lectures and journal clubs
  • Participate in regional, national or international CME courses
  • Provide formal mentorship to selected Emergency Medicine residents/students working on research projects including project development, IRB submission, and data analysis
  • Develop skills in public speaking
  • Skills in the reviewing and quality assurance of ultrasound images and clips
  • Knowledge of ultrasound workflow design, image and data management
  • Understanding of the critical components required to run an emergency ultrasound program emergency ultrasound curriculum development
  • Assist with the organization and management of the resident emergency ultrasound rotation
Research in Emergency Ultrasound
  • Understand the current state of emergency ultrasound research
  • Develop skills in a specific focus of research of emergency ultrasound
  • Participate in ongoing research projects of our program
  • Develop skills in presenting scientific papers at regional and national academic conferences
  • The fellow will also complete the responsible conduct of research course (RCR) through Harvard

International Experience

We encourage the fellow to spend some time learning and teaching ultrasound internationally (i.e. in Europe, South Africa) for additional advanced skill training and we also require the fellow to attend one major national emergency medicine ultrasound business meeting.

Clinical Effort

The fellow will work 800 clinical hours in the emergency department as junior faculty in our department. Additional moonlighting/compensation is negotiable.

Application Requirements

Applicants must have completed residency training in Emergency Medicine and be board-certified or board-eligible by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. A complete application must include all of the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendations (one letter must be from residency program director or current department chairman)