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Emergency Ultrasound

Fellow’s Spotlight: A Look at EUS Fellows’ Educational Projects

Kristin Dwyer, MD, MPH
Ultrasound Fellow, Brigham and Women’s Hospital


Jacob Avila, MD
University of Kentucky, Lexington

AvilaJacob, along with Ben Smith, has developed an educational website: 5 minute sono. Jacob’s website features many education videos on EUS applications including basic emergency medicine ultrasound, as well as more advanced techniques such as ONSD, quantifying pleural effusions, nerve block guides and using ultrasound for performing an LP. What is unique about his educational tool is that he covers the basics of each application in around 5 minutes, so the material is simplified, easy-to-remember and digestible. Initially the site was purely instructional, but it has evolved into small literature reviews, a blog and a podcast. Check out his website at http://5minsono.com  


WilsonCasey Wilson, MD
Johns Hopkins, Baltimore

At Johns Hopkins, Casey has been working with the Regional Anesthesia Department to develop a formal elective for ED residents to learn how to perform ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. In addition, she has designed an ED based Femoral Nerve Block Protocol in conjunction with the Trauma, Ortho and Regional Anesthesia departments.



Hunter-BehrendMichelle Hunter-Behrend, MD
Stanford University

Michelle has worked closely with the Stanford Ultrasound team’s faculty to create innovative ways to teach and promote ultrasound to the emergency residents. By creating a fun game where residents from the same class separate into groups and compete for points obtained through answering basic ultrasound knowledge and specific case-based management questions in addition to answering questions through the performance of ultrasound scans, the residents have enhanced their learning immensely. These games, along with Stanford SonoGames that she directs, has made it a very fun way to learn (and teach) ultrasound.


International Health

Schafer-WelwarthJesse Schafer MD and Jeremy Welwarth DO
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston

Currently the EUS training for EM providers in South Africa is modeled after the ACEP guidelines despite the large differences in pathology between Capetown and the US. We have been working in collaboration with the EM providers at University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University to update their EUS curriculum to reflect local disease burden and to develop an image archive system. They have been piloting a QA archive system with the goal of evaluating educational needs as well as the effectiveness of the current curriculum.



RobinsonKristine Robinson, MD, FACEP
West Virginia University, Morgantown

Kristine and her colleagues are conducting a survey based research study looking at the prevalence of scan-related musculoskeletal related injuries in EUS fellows. Literature supports a high rate of injuries in diagnostic medical sonographers, and this study aims to evaluate whether the same holds for EM fellows.
EM Ultrasound Fellows can participate in this anonymous survey by visiting this website: https://redcap.wvctsi.org/redcap/surveys/?s=AWWWKRMEFD


Joseph Pare, MD
Yale University, New Haven

Joe was the first author on a paper looking at the ability of EM providers to reduce time to diagnosis of ascending aortic dissection (AAD) using FOCUS. From the IRAD registry, we known about 90% of ascending aortic dissections have an aorta >4cm at time of diagnosis. In this retrospective chart review, he found that those patients who received a FOCUS in the ED were more likely to receive an accurate and a more timely diagnosis of AAD.

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