Introduction
Bedside ultrasound is becoming an increasingly useful tool in the diagnostic armamentarium of critical care physicians. Ultrasound faculty from anesthesiology critical care medicine, cardiology, cardiac anesthesiology and emergency medicine will provide comprehensive ultrasound teaching for fellows. At the end of fellowship, fellows will have necessary skills and the necessary imaging portfolio to undergo the ACCP’s certificate of completion program, the only critical care ultrasound certification available at this time.
Rotation Schedule
Fellows will rotate through a 4 week dedicated ultrasound rotation early in their fellowship year. There will be one fellow on the rotation at one time. Early exposure to ultrasound education will allow fellows to practice their skills throughout the year as they rotate in the various ICU.
The rotation will consist of days in the ICU, emergency department, echocardiography lab, and cardiac operating rooms. In addition, the curriculum will utilize HeartWorks TEE & TTE simulator which is available for fellows to utilize as they learn ultrasound skills.
Fellows will the integrate ultrasound practice in their clinical rotations via dedicated ultrasound machine available in each ICU. In addition, they will record and report exam findings which will be reviewed off-line.
Ultrasound M&M and Journal Club
In addition to dedicated ultrasound rotation, fellows will attend monthly ultrasound meetings to discuss interesting cases and ultrasound journal articles with faculty. Faculty will also review image acquisition and interpretation. These sessions will allow the fellows to solidify their image acquisition and interpretation skills throughout the year. The following is the monthly ultrasound meetings schedule:
Sept. 8th - Dr. Patz
Oct. 13th - Dr. Nelson
Nov. 10th -Dr. Hansen
Dec. 8th - Dr. Patz
Jan. 12th - Dr. Nelson
Feb. 9th - Dr. Hansen
Mar. 3rd - Dr. Patz
April 13th - Dr. Nelson
May 11th - Dr. Hansen
June 8th - end of rotation review.