Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships, or Clinician Performed Ultrasound Fellowships as they are now known, started in the late 1990s in Chicago at Christ Hospital. Those first fellows are now leaders in this field. We have grown from a single fellowship to over 100 fellowships across North America.


The Society for Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships (SCUF) started as EUSFellowships in the spring of 2008 to support transparency and quality in Fellowships in Emergency Medicine focusing on clinician performed ultrasound. As a non-profit organization we balance the needs of the fellowship community including fellowship programs, fellows and applicants. Our mission is to grow the Clinician Performed Ultrasound community, support collaboration and foster advanced training through one and two year fellowships.

John Bailitz MD
Society for Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships President

Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships was formed in 2008 to provide coordination and structure to Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships, a growing field of Academic Fellowships in Emergency Medicine. facilitates transparency by providing information on all Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships in the United States of America. Applicants have an opportunity to directly compare what each program offers, using information posted by each fellowship. also provides a standardized electronic application for Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships.

The goal of is to foster a community of robust, academically productive Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships open to physicians with an interest in improving their skill level in obtaining and interpreting point-of-care ultrasound.

Emergency Ultrasound

Emergency Ultrasound describes clinician performed, bedside ultrasound targeted at specific clinical questions. The field began in the 1980’s in Germany and has spread to many specialties in the house of medicine. Disagreements between specialties had hampered the spread of Emergency Ultrasound but a number of resolutions by the American Medical Association have strengthened the position that any specialty can use ultrasound for the improvement of patient care. Emergency medicine has embraced this new specialty and gone as far as to require all residents to be competent in emergency ultrasound.

The first fellowship was started in Chicago, Illinois, in 1997. At this time Emergency Ultrasound was in its infancy and was limited to a small number of ultrasound protocols. Now, with over 25 fellowships, Emergency Ultrasound fellowships are an established post-graduate training pathway. Emergency Ultrasound fellows are highly desired in both academic and community emergency departments. Ultrasound protocols range from Trauma evaluations to gallbladders to ultrasound guided procedures like central lines and nerve blocks. Current fellows graduate with a wide range of skills and the capability of running both clinical and academic ultrasound programs.