Bedside ultrasound is a clinical skill that every emergency physician should master. With the use of bedside ultrasound, a diagnosis can be made rapidly and care can be arranged in a timely fashion. Emergency physicians should be skilled in recognition in the following acute life-threatening emergencies for which delay in definitive care is unjustified: abdominal aortic aneurysm, traumatic hemoperitoneum, ectopic pregnancy, and pericardial tamponade. Emergency physicians should also proficient in utilizing ultrasound in the diagnosis of gallbladder disease and obstructive uropathy.
During the first year each resident will do a one-month ultrasound rotation (combined with the anesthesia rotation), which will include bedside imaging and didactic education. This rotation is supervised by the director of ultrasound education, Ben Smith. The educational goals and objectives of the ultrasound rotation are:
Both indicated and non-indicated exams will be performed. Residents will image a variety of pathologic conditions and gain experiences with normal sonographic anatomy and variations.
The clinical objectives of the ultrasound rotation are:
The didactic experience of the ultrasound rotation includes: