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Point-of-Care Emergency Ultrasound Elective Overview

We are very excited about our Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Elective (EMUE). Over the past decade, the clinical application of ultrasound by emergency physicians has been widely adopted to advance the timely and accurate evaluation and treatment of the acute patient.

In 1994 the first emergency medicine ultrasound curriculum was published. It was a broadly written document that divided ultrasound into abdominal, pelvic and cardiac applications, and described the many uses of ultrasound in emergency practice.

Since this landmark publication, the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has mandated that performance and interpretation of ultrasound imaging be included in emergency medicine residency training. Today, all EM residencies have integrated formal education in ultrasound in their curriculum.

At UC Irvine School of Medicine, students receive more than 30 hours of ultrasound experience before reaching the MS3 year. This is done through podcasts, hands-on practice in small groups, pathology-based simulation and pre-clinical student-run electives.

Dr. J. Christian Fox completed an EM Ultrasound Fellowship in 2001 and is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (RDMS). He performs bedside teaching of ultrasound skills to EM attendings, fellows and residents. He lectures frequently and holds weekly QA reviews of all ultrasounds preformed in the ED.

He includes senior medical students in this education and has developed this ultrasound elective. Fox explains the rationale behind educating physicians in ultrasound much earlier in their careers in his TEDx talk ›

Since 2011, more than 250 of our students have traveled to more than 10 countries to teach ultrasound to students, residents midwives and physicians who haven't received this training.

They also have been actively involved in research on the benefits of this tool in hands of medical students. For example, students screened 2,300 high school student athletes for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and found seven cases! They also developed a routine obstetric ultrasound screening exam for midwives in Panama.

Learn more about our exciting ultrasound curriculum ›