Our Emergency Medicine

Ultrasound Division

The Ultrasound division at the University of Kentucky is headed up by Jacob Avila. He is the creator of 5 Minute Sono, leads the Ultrasound Podcast, is part of the UltrasoundGEL.org podcast, and frequently contributes to Ultrasoundoftheweek.com. Dr. Avila has lectured and lead workshops in numerous locationthroughout the US and the world.

Type of Program
3 year EM residency and Level 1 trauma center with dedicated peds ED and >80,000 visits per year

Year Fellowship Started: 2013

Ultrasound Program Status
Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Kentucky

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:2

Notable Faculty
Matt Dawson from ultrasoundpodcast.com
Sam Ghali – @em_resus
Jacob Avila – @UltrasoundMD

Ultrasound Fellowship Education
The ultrasound fellow will receive individual personalized training by Matt Dawson.
They will complete a full didactic program on their own time that follows along the model of the Ultrasound Leadership Academy created by Matt Dawson, Mike Malin, and Mike Stone.
They will be expected to perform 1000 scans, and they will become proficient in ultrasonography, administration, and teaching. They will be trained to be a leader in bedside ultrasound.

Do you bill for ultrasounds? yes

Do you require follow up imaging for patients who get ultrasounds? no

1. Is the ultrasound machine used for fellowship training fully owned by the Emergency Department?
2. Is the ultrasound machine used for fellowship training available 24 hours/7 days/week?
3. Does the ultrasound machine used for fellowship training have the necessary transducers to perform cardiac, transabdominal, endovaginal and superficial examinations?
4. Is hospital credentialing for emergency ultrasound (EUS) available?
5. Do formal diagnostic EUS reports appear as a part of the patient medical record?
6. Does at least one other emergency medicine faculty member (aside from the fellowship director) have hospital credentials for emergency ultrasound at the primary facility for all of the applications listed?
7. Is quality assurance (QA) review documented for all ultrasound examinations performed by the emergency ultrasound fellow(s)?
8. Does the ED ultrasound director maintain a quality assurance log of all ultrasound examinations performed in the ED?
9. Are the types of EUS examinations at minimum consistent with those described in the most recent ACEP ultrasound guidelines?
10. Is the EUS faculty primarily responsible for EUS fellow education, with education outside the department kept to a minimum and only supplemental to fellow education?
11. Does the emergency ultrasound fellow work less than or equal to 20 clinical (direct patient care) hours/week?
12. Is the EUS fellow a full-time equivalent faculty member at your institution?
13. Is the EUS fellowship a minimum of 12 months?
14. Does the EUS fellow perform a minimum of 5 scanning shifts/month, with direct supervision during scanning shifts especially early in the fellowship?
15. Does a formal fellowship evaluation process exist with at least 3 meetings and an opportunity for the fellow and fellowship director to meet during the fellowship’s course?

Length of Fellowship: 1 year

Salary: $115,000 plus generous benefits

Additional Funds
$10,000 CME

Number of Clinical Hours: 8 shifts per month

Other Duties
This fellowship is designed to make you a leader. As such you will be teaching many different departments, residents, and students throughout the hospital. You will perform image review with your fellowship directors weekly.

Number of Sites

Number of Positions per year: 2

Additional Opportunities
There are many surrounding EDs at which the fellow may moonlight as well as internal moonlighting. There is significant opportunity for participating in educational conferences that Dr. Matt Dawson is involved with both locall, nationally, and internationally, such as Castlefest.

Educational Experience
The fellows education will be tailored to their specific educational needs, but the overarching theme will be to create a leader within the field. You will be prepared to take on any teaching or administrative challenge after your fellowship.

Image Review
Images are reviewed via Qpath. Images are also stored on PACS and within the EMR.

Deadline for fellowship application: Rolling

Interviews scheduled: Rolling

Fellows chosen: Rolling

Other Information
Contact Matt Dawson with any questions: (859)913-7313 or msdaws2@gmail.com

Ultrasound Machines
Sonosite M-Turbos, Edge, Xporte, Mindray M7, Vscans, Lumify.

Ultrasound Probes

Image Recorder
PACS and Qpath

Educational Resources
Didactic material from The Ultrasound Leadership Academy created by Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin, and Mike Stone

Name: Matt Dawson

EM Residency: University of Utah

Fellowship Trained: Yes

Fellowship: University of Utah

Years in Position: 2


Prior National Positions: Education Chair of Academy of Emergency Ultrasound

Other Information
Co-Creator of www.ultrasoundpodcast.com, sonocloud.com, The Ultrasound Leadership Academy, and One Minute Ultrasound smartphone app.
Co-Author of Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound Volume 1 and Volume 2.

1. If not fellowship trained, does the EUS fellowship director have at least 3 years of experience using EUS in clinical practice after residency?
2. If fellowship trained, did the EUS fellowship director complete fellowship more than 1 year ago?
3. Has the EUS fellowship director published at least three peer reviewed emergency ultrasound articles in Medline indexed journals?
4. Are at least two of the above mentioned publications original ultrasound research with the EUS fellowship director as first author on one of them?
5. Does the fellowship director have a record of excellence in teaching? (This ability can be demonstrated by teaching awards, consistently favorable evaluations by residents and/or fellows, or the like.)

ACEP Ultrasound Section Recognition Award 2012\r\nCDEM Innovation in Medical Education Award 2013\r\nAEUS Education Award 2013\r\nUK EM Instructor of the Year Award 2013

6. Does the EUS fellowship director have at least four regional and national abstract research presentations at meetings conducted by organizations such as ACEP, SAEM, AIUM or similar meetings over a three-year period
7. Is the EUS fellowship director involved in advancing emergency ultrasound by active participation or leadership in one of the previously mentioned nationally recognized organizations?
1. Is the EUS fellow required to perform >1000 ultrasound examinations during fellowship?
2. Is the EUS fellow required to design at least one research project to be submitted to the home site institutional review board, and commence the project and data collection during the course of the fellowship?
3. Is the EUS fellow required to submit at least one abstract as first author and presenter to a national meeting such as ACEP, SAEM, or AIUM during fellowship?
4. Is the EUS fellow required to be involved with at least one other ultrasound research project during fellowship for which publication is planned with the fellow as an author?
5. Is the EUS fellow required to be involved with various administrative and quality assurance duties including but not limited to internal billing audits, interdepartmental meetings, and monitoring of the credentialing process of colleagues?
6. Is the EUS fellow required to prepare and deliver lectures to the department (faculty, residents, medical students, other health care providers) on at least four separate basic emergency ultrasound applications?
7. Is the EUS fellow required to show at least 20 hours per month of hands-on teaching of residents and or other faculty in bedside emergency ultrasound? (This includes but is not limited to didactic lectures, bedside teaching, research involvement of residents or faculty, and QA education.)
8. Is the EUS fellow required to attend one national emergency ultrasound organization meeting during the year?
Average Number of US

Is there a dedicated US month?

Is there an US elective?

Number of Residents who went on to become US fellows: 5

Number of hours Hands-on (i.e. scan shifts)

Number of hours Image Review

Number of hours didactics

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