1. Sonographic technical and interpretive proficiency
- Fellows are expected to complete at least 1,000 ultrasound exams with a good proportion to be performed on adult patients. POCUS fellows will have dedicated scanning shifts with all ultrasound faculty.
- Scanning opportunities in OB, pediatric echo lab, anesthesia, PICU, and Adult ICU are available to the PEM POCUS Fellow.
- In addition, PEM POCUS fellows are required to perform quality assurance and image reviews of at least 2,000 scans independently and with ultrasound faculty.
2. Becoming a successful educator
- A large part of your fellowship will involve teaching different levels of learners how to perform POCUS. We want to help you learn practices that will help you be the best educator possible during your fellowship.
- The PEM POCUS fellow will be actively involved in directing the ultrasound rotation for emergency medicine interns and pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) fellows.
- We also focus an entire month on how to create and deliver an asynchronous POCUS curriculum. This includes learning how to illustrate and publish material online.
3. Administering an emergency ultrasound program
- Learning the principles of organizing, leading, and administering an emergency ultrasound program is important for future leaders in the field of point-of-care ultrasound. These principles are important within and outside the field of emergency medicine. We expect you to be able to learn and apply these principles and be able to act as a consultant for those outside the field of emergency medicine who are looking to develop their own point-of-care ultrasound programs.
- IU School of Medicine is actively involved in building the POCUS framework at several community hospitals. You may have opportunities to scan at our community hospitals. Fellows will learn how to create a POCUS program that allows for adequate clinical documentation and billing.
4. Learning to design and implement point-of-care ultrasound research studies
- Learning to design and conduct POCUS research will be an important part of the fellowship. Studies can be clinical or educational in nature. Most research activity will likely be participating in current projects. However, each fellow is expected to design and conduct at least one study of their own creation.
We expect you to become proficient in these areas during your fellowship, meeting all the current Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Guidelines outlined by ACEP, SAEM, and EUFAC. The fellowship program is designed to help you reach beyond these expectations and help you become a leader within the field of emergency ultrasound.