Albany Medical Center

Program Description

Type of Program

The Albany Medical Center Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a one year post residency non-ACGME accredited fellowship. Appointment is as a Clinical Instructor in the Albany Medical College. Clinical responsibilities and scanning are primarily performed at Albany Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center with over 72,000 visits a year, 18% pediatric. The ED is staffed by a diversified academic attending group and supports an EM residency program (12/yr) and multiple EM fellowships including Critical Care, Sports Medicine, and EMS.

Fellowship Highlights
MEDSIM- by UltraSim, a multi-media abdominal/transvaginal imaging simulator
VIMEDIX - by CAE, a multi-media transthoracic and transesophageal echo simulator
Blue Phantom Simulators - Complete line, static procedural simulators
Ultrasound Scan Center - enabled with 7 Sonosite M-turbo machines
Range of departmental ultrasound machines - Mindray's TE7 X5, Minray's M9 X1 w/TEE probe, and Philips HD11 X3 (radiology level machines). Also have a Sonosite M-turbo X1 and Sonosite MicroMaxx X1 as office based teaching machines for away courses in addition to simulation center resources.)
QPath for quality assurance and education with automated order entry and off campus access
Digital archiving
Billing for EUS studies
Standardized patient program to support instructional activities
EM study nurses and departmental statistician to support research mission

Year Fellowship Started:

first fellowship year 2015-2016

Ultrasound Program Status

Section of Emergency Ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:

The majority of our faculty have privileges for multiple basic bedside ultrasound applications and use it as a component of their practice. Three fellowship trained ultrasound faculty members.

Notable Faculty

Beth Cadigan MD ( Emergency Ultrasound Director, Fellowship Director)
Boahema Pinto MD (Associate Emergency Ultrasound Director)
Sean Donovan MD (Associate Emergency Ultrasound Director)

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

Fellows are responsible for 20 clinical hours per week (2 shifts per week) of clinical time as an attending physician and are expected to use ultrasound clinically.
There are 8-10 hours/week of structured non-clinical scanning shifts for training, education, and research.

Didactics: Fellow lectures from the director combine with journal clubs, focused curricular objectives by month, ultrasound block didactic lecture development, PGY1 introductory EUS course. Participation in the ACEP teaching fellowship recommended.

Experiential: Hands-on scanning shifts, ultrasound simulation center training, inter-departmental scanning opportunities,

Supervisory: Supervise one PGY1 ultrasound rotation. Assist in program administration. EUS program QA/QI/billing review.

Research: Develop, perform, and supervise one EUS research project. Mentor resident EUS research projects.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?

Yes, all credentialed ultrasounds are documented with associated image archiving.

Do you require follow up imaging for patients who get ultrasounds?

No, not for ultrasounds performed by credentialed staff and fellows

Other Information

Our equipment, training, and collegial relationships with other departments within the institution, as well as the strong administrative presence of emergency medicine faculty within the institution at large, provide for a particularly robust experience.