Ultrasound Fellowship

The UCLA Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship is a one- to two-year fellowship open to graduates of three- and four-year ACGME/OGME accredited Emergency Medicine residencies. One to two positions are available each year. We follow the ACEP 2011 Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship guidelines as well as the peer-reviewed ACEP Clinical Ultrasonography Curriculum.

The UCLA Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship is based at the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and offers a distinctive combination of county and quaternary care settings. It affords its fellows the opportunity to work with ultrasound in a setting of limited resources for a medically underserved community, as well as the luxury of state of the art technology and facilities to develop cutting edge ultrasound skills. The fellowship involves education and instruction in the development of an ultrasound program, research experience, and a variety of teaching opportunities at both hospitals and within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The mission of the UCLA Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop motivated emergency physicians into clinicians, educators and researchers with ultrasound expertise. Our major strengths are in advanced echocardiography, critical care, and medical education. Fellows lead bedside ultrasound sessions with emergency medicine and off-service residents, medical students, and attending physicians. In addition, there are opportunities to lecture on ultrasound topics at residency conferences, regional conferences, and abroad. Visit www.uclaemultrasound.org to learn more about our curriculum.

Institutions

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital.

The Medical Center is one component of UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences, which includes the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health; the Jules Stein Eye Institute; the Clarence E. Reed Neurological Research Center; the Brain Research Institute; the Biomedical Cyclotron; the Jerry Lewis Neuromuscular Research Center; and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

US News and World report has ranked RRMC as the number one hospital in the West and a top 5 hospital in the United States for over twenty years.

The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a public safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. OV-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA.

The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.

The Emergency Department faculty at OV-UCLA is nationally known in research and education. Several federally funded research projects are based there, including the CDC's EmergeNet ID surveillance network as well as a recent multi-center study evaluating non-operative management of appendicitis. Collectively, the OV-UCLA EM faculty produces over 50 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and abstracts per year. In addition, several faculty members regularly lecture at national conferences including ACEP and SAEM. Faculty members are also rated among the highest in medical student and resident evaluations. Two of the OV EM faculty are recent recipients of the UCLA DGSOM Award for Excellence in Education.

Curriculum

Educational Objectives

  • To become an expert sonographer. The fellow will develop skills in image acquisition and interpretation of general point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) applications as well as in select advanced applications. Graduates will meet the requirement to sit for the RDMS certification process. In addition, we can prepare the fellow to sit for the NBE echocardiography exams.
  • To become an expert teacher. The fellow will develop the ability to teach ultrasound to faculty colleagues, residents, and medical students on weekly scan shifts as well as at local and national conferences. In addition, the fellow will work clinically and supervise residents as an attending physician in the emergency departments at both sites.
  • To become a researcher in POCUS. The fellow will develop expertise in the POCUS literature through journal clubs and the development of presentations and manuscripts. In addition, the fellow will develop and implement a research project during the fellowship year.
  • To become a director of ultrasound. The fellow will gain valuable experience and insight into running ultrasound programs at both hospitals.

Experience

  • Flipped classroom design
  • Simulation
  • Advanced echocardiography
  • Asynchronous learning such as QStream and podcasts
  • Strong collaboration with critical care, hospital medicine, and radiology
  • Formal research training (via optional part-time fellowship through UCLA CTSI or Master's program)
  • Formal medical education training (via optional part-time UCLA Medical Education fellowship or Master's program)

Professional Development

  • ACEP
  • SAEM
  • AIUM

Administration

  • Learn two different QA/QI systems, including billing for ED ultrasounds

Project

  • Clinical or educational research project

Clinical

  • Fellows work 8 shifts per month at UCLA sites, including RRMC, OV and AVH.
  • Additional clinical work for additional income may be possible by request.

Program Faculty and Staff

  • Alan Chiem, MD: Fellowship Director
  • Dan Weingrow, DO: Fellowship Co-Director
  • Caleb Canders, MD: Ultrasound Faculty
  • Daniela Morato, MD: Ultrasound Faculty
  • Susi Morissett: Fellowship Coordinator

Stipends and Benefits

  • Full time UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Annual salary of $100,000
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation

To Apply

More information regarding the Fellowship, along with details about the application process, can be found on the EUS Fellowship website. Interviews are offered August to November.

Please contact us for further questions.

Alan Chiem, MD
Fellowship Director
ude.alcu.tendem@meihca

Daniel Weingrow, DO
Fellowship Co-Director
ude.alcu.tendem@worgniewd

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduation from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program or a 3-year program with at least one year of post-residency clinical experience or fellowship.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.
  • References.

Current Fellows

Rashida Campwalla, MD

Fellowship Alumni

Caleb Canders, MD (2016-2017)
George Lim, MD (2015-2016)
Stephanie Tseeng, MD (2014-2015)
Pablo Aguilera, MD (2014-2015)
Ricky Amii, MD (2013-2014)
Daniel Weingrow, DO (2011-2012)
Tania Sadoun, MD (2010-2011)