Ultrasound within the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine has been growing by leaps and bounds. Recognized as a necessary and life-saving component of emergency care, our department has invested in quality ultrasound clinical practice and education.
Clinical ultrasound is integrated in the department work flow with a large number of patient care ultrasound examinations performed daily by credentialed faculty. We have several new Philips Sparq ultrasound machines with wireless archiving and full array of probes. Our advanced ultrasound management software (Q-PathE) is integrated into our electronic health record (EPIC) for an unparalleled clinical ultrasound workflow that allows for seamless documentation and excellent quality assurance ability.
As one of the most prestigious and academically oriented emergency departments in the country, education is a top priority. Ultrasound education is no exception. Our residency program has fully integrated the use of ultrasound into clinical practice at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, our main teaching hospital, as well as two community facilities, West Chester and Jewish Hospitals, where residents also rotate. The curriculum includes abundant hands-on and simulation training along with expert-crafted didactics. The resident first-year ultrasound rotation includes unique 1-on-1 educational scanning shifts with a dedicated educator sonologist as well as educational clinical shifts with ultrasound faculty. Residents have additional opportunities to practice ultrasound beyond the emergency department. Ultrasound skills education is also integrated within the simulation curriculum with a dedicated ultrasound machine for the simulation center and is an important component of the critical care educational experience.
The fellowship curriculum is based on the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship guidelines established by American College of Emergency Physicians. Fellows will be trained in advanced ultrasound applications, becoming a better educator to various levels of learners, emergency ultrasound research, workflow management, equipment acquisition and maintenance, credentialing, and reimbursement. Graduates will possess skills that will allow them to efficiently and effectively function as an Emergency Ultrasound Director in the setting of their choosing.
Please visit our ultrasound learning environment on Taming the SRU.