Year Four Courses

Four Week Electives

PED 739 - Pediatric Cardiology Elective with global health experience (4th year) - 5

Instructor: Linda Pauliks, MD


EMED 740 - Emergency Medicine Ultrasound


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Daniel Rodgers, M.D.


Contact Information:

Daniel Rodgers, M.D.




Daniel Rodgers, M.D.


Maximum Number of Students:

1 (2 with prior approval from Dr. Rodgers)


When Offered:

All rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



Contact Dr. Rodgers for Time and Location.



This course is designed to introduce students to the role of emergency medicine ultrasound as well as provide initial skills development in the hands-on acquisition of ultrasound images at the patient's bedside. Emergency ultrasound has a unique role: the provider must perform and interpret the study right at the patient?s bedside and rapidly add the findings to their assessment and management of the patient. Students will work in the Emergency Department refining their skills at image acquisition and interpretation working closely with credentialed emergency medicine faculty. Students will not be responsible for direct patient care during this rotation.


The student will have access to a variety of self-directed resources for the course material including video, online learning modules, and an image bank for review. Teaching resources will consist of bedside practice and teaching by credentialed Emergency Medicine faculty as well as independent reading and self-directed learning modules. The resources of the Simulation Center will be utilized for instruction and practice in the use of ultrasound for procedural guidance. At the beginning of the rotation, the focus will be on understanding the indications to perform bedside imaging and the skills to obtain optimal images including an understanding of the various controls of the ultrasound machines. As the student progresses through the rotation, more emphasis will be placed on image interpretation and inclusion of findings in the clinical care of the patient. The overall goals of the rotation will be for the student to demonstrate the ability to obtain proper ultrasound studies at the bedside, to recognize normal and abnormal studies, and to discuss the role of bedside ultrasound in the overall care of the Emergency Department patient.


This course will be offered throughout the entire academic year.


Course Outline:

1. Brief outline

This course will introduce medical students to basic concepts and applications of bedside ultrasonography in the evaluation of a wide variety of Emergency Department patients. The skills of image acquisition and immediate interpretation will be a core of the rotation experience.

Learning opportunities will include:

a. Self-directed didactic modules covering the physics and instrumentation of ultrasonography and the applications of US in the Emergency Department.

b. Bedside, supervised ultrasound studies performed by the student with direct supervision by emergency ultrasound credentialed faculty during dedicated ED shifts.

c. Attendance at Emergency Medicine weekly resident conference.

d. Completion and discussion of a pre-test and post-test consisting of still image and video interpretation and case-based material.

e. Completion of a written case report of a patient evaluated during the rotation.

f. Emphasis will be placed on the acquisition and interpretation of images at the bedside.

g. Use of the textbook "Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound".


2. Topics which will be covered include:

a. Ultrasound physics and instrumentation.

b. Trauma

c. Biliary

e. Renal

f. Aorta

g. Cardiac

h. Obstetrical

i. Procedural guidance

j. Deep venous thrombosis

k. Soft tissue imaging



Additional Information:

Report To:

Dr. Daniel Rodgers