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Emergency Ultrasound


Global Health - Trish Henwood, MD

Purpose: To advance education and safe implementation of diagnostic and procedural US in the developing and international context.

Goals for the year:

  1. More effectively interface and collaborate with United States and international organizations with a similar focus, for example, the African Ultrasound Committee within the African Federation of Emergency Medicine. 
  2. Support content development for the globalsono.org website, a resource point for our members.


Critical Care - Haney Mallemat, MD and Amy Sanghvi, MD

Purpose: To support ultrasound use for the critically ill by emergency physicians.

Goals for the year:

  1. Develop a critical care ultrasound guideline and curriculum that defines how an emergency physician can attain competence in critical care ultrasound. 
  2. Create opportunities for networking and mentoring for program development and research.
  3. Develop projects with the Critical Care ACEP subcommittee and collaborations with other professional medical societies.

Fellows - Arun Nagdev, MD and Mikaela Chilstrom, MD

Purpose: To serve as a voice for current fellows and enable fellows to participate in a national organization early in their careers.

Goals for the year:

  1. To have a fellow participate on each of the subcommittees, task forces, and activities within the section. 
  2. Establish an online discussion for fellows. 
  3. Ensure interests of fellows are effectively communicated to the section.


IT and Industry Relations - Mark Byrne, MD and Tobias Kummer, MD, RDMS, FACEP

Purpose: To reinforce the needs of the EUS community to US machine manufacturers, EMR companies, and workflow system vendors. Recent years have focused on educating these parties about the unique workflow practices in the ED as compared to the traditional Radiology imaging model, culminating in release of the EUS Workflow White Paper. Recommendations regarding POCUS machine hardware design are updated yearly and distributed to the machine vendors - available to all section members on our webpage. Particular efforts have focused on Wi-Fi integration into machine hardware and adoption of non-proprietary standards for interfaces between ultrasound machines, workflow systems, and EMR software.

Goals for the year:

  1. Establish a DICOM-SR standard for transfer of interpretations entered directly onto ultrasound machine
  2. Engage the predominant EMR companies in efforts to standardize US documentation and interfaces with workflow systems software.


Military and Tactical - Brian Hall, MD and Shane Summers, MD, FACEP

Purpose: To expand the use of clinical US in deployed/austere settings, advance US education for all military providers, bridge the gap between military health care and civilian systems, and provide a forum for military US leaders to collaborate on multi-center research.

Goals for the year: 

  1. Create a standardized curriculum for APPs including physician assistants. For the past 2 years, we have been training physician assistants alongside our fellows and have developed EMPA ultrasonography leaders in the specialty. In the military, PAs are often deployed in remote settings without a physician and are asked to make critical decisions with incomplete information. We hope to use the military model as a way to train physician assistants nationally through collaboration with major PA societies.
  2. Integrate thoracic US into combat casualty care. Because the number 2 cause of preventable death on the battlefield is pneumothorax, we are looking at ways to assist combat medics in early detection of the disease so as to make the best evacuation and treatment decisions.

We are looking for members who have expertise in wearable US devices as well as those who have experience training physician assistants in their programs.

Reimbursement and Coding - Jessica Resnick, MD, FACEP and Stan Wu, MD, FACEP

Purpose: To provide updated information to section members on ultrasound reimbursement and coding questions.

Goals for the year:

  1. Updates to CPT ultrasound and procedural codes/requirements
  2. Contributing to the section update in Ultrasound Guidelines with a valuation of point of care ultrasound (POCUS).
  3. Discussion of a POCUS CPT code
  4. Individualized responses to coding and reimbursement questions on the EM ultrasound list serve
  5. Keeping the section website updated with archived and current information


Resident Education - Mathew J. Nelson, DO, FACEP and Srikar Adhikari, MD

Purpose: To improve Emergency Medicine Resident training and involvement in Emergency Ultrasound.

Goals for the year:

  1. Create a task force that will partner with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Academy of Emergency US, and CORD to revise the PC 12 Milestone.
  2. Create an Education Toolbox for under supported EUS programs including OSCEs, Multiple choice tests, standardized evaluations, and simulation vignettes.

Simulation - Sara Damewood, MD and Jennifer Huang, DO, FACEP

Purpose: To develop ultrasound simulation and competency assessment education tools. Foster US simulation research. Act as a resource for ACEP US section members and medical educators.

Goals for the year:

  1. Survey, assess and address the needs of the ACEP US section membership related to ultrasound simulation.=
  2. Compile and disseminate current resources on ultrasound simulation products and techniques to the ACEP US section membership. 


Undergraduate Medical Education - Giuliano De Portu, MD and Rachel Liu, MD

Purpose: To foster the expansion of Ultrasound in Undergraduate Medical Education in continuity with Graduate Medical Education.

Goals for this year:

  1. Provide list of EM residencies offering US clerkships and the clerkship director’s contact
  2. Compile and publicize already existing resources, evidence-based guidelines, and policies for US clerkship directors and student rotators


Webpage - Phillips Perera, MD, RDMS, FACEP and Mark Byrne, MD

Purpose: To maintain and expand our Section’s website to provide our community with online resources.

Goals for the year:

  1. Improve the subcommittee section, so that all section members can get a better idea of what the subcommittees are currently working on and which section members are leading them.
  2. Grow the forum section to be a more helpful library of important discussions and FAQ’s from the EUS section.
  3. Add a welcome section that will be open to members and non-members and the effective referral site from twitter. This will showcase the website’s sections and the new parts to the site.


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