Rush University Medical Center

Program Description

Type of Program

Rush University Medical Center is a large, quaternary care medical center with a national reputation for research and clinical care excellence. We see over 80,000 patients per year and have a PGY 1-3 Emergency Medicine Residency Program. We have 30 dedicated attending physicians and several ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty members, training 36 residents. We have an active ultrasound division which is engaged in faculty, resident, and medical student education. Residents have a dedicated ultrasound rotation each year combined with monthly ultrasound conferences. Ultrasound is integrated in medical student education during their first and second years. We have a very popular fourth year medical student ultrasound elective. We also have an active research division with a dedicated statistician and research coordinator.

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Ultrasound Program Status

Division of Emergency Ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine

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Notable Faculty

Michael Gottlieb, MD, RDMS

Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Rush University Medical Center, as well as co-creator and Chief Academic Officer for the Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM) Faculty Incubator. He is also the President-Elect for the AAEM Ultrasound Section and Secretary/Newsletter Editor for the ACEP Ultrasound Section. He has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications, is a peer-reviewer for 25 journals, Assistant Editor for Annals of Emergency Medicine, Associate Editor for the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Assistant Editor for the American Journal of Emergency Medicine, Decision Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training, Social Media Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine, Editor-in-Chief for the ALiEM Board Review e-book, and a nationally-recognized speaker. His academic interests include resident education, with a focus on ultrasound and procedural training.

Dallas Holladay, DO

Emergency Physician and Assistant Ultrasound Director at Rush University Medical Center. She has spoken nationally and authored several publications on point-of-care ultrasound with a focus on medical student education and procedural applications.

Tina Sundaram, MD

Emergency Physician and Ultrasound Faculty at Rush University Medical Center. She has published on ultrasound-guided procedures with a focus on resident education.

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center provides a robust education focused on establishing expertise in teaching, research, administration, quality improvement, and advanced ultrasound skills. At the beginning of the year, ultrasound fellows meet with the program director to discuss each fellow's unique professional goals and to personalize the curriculum to the goals.

Ultrasound fellows have dedicated ultrasound time every week, which includes one-on-one scanning time with the ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty members free of all other training program responsibilities. During this time, fellows learn basic and advanced ultrasound applications, as well as effective and evidence-based teaching strategies.

Our division provides ultrasound education to faculty, advanced practice providers, residents, medical students, and the military. We are also involved in leading local, regional, and national ultrasound courses. Fellows have the opportunity to teach and co-run these courses depending upon their educational interests. The fellows also have the opportunity to give local, regional, and national lectures with targeted feedback and mentorship by national lecturers.

Fellows also receive targeted research training and mentorship, as well as weekly ultrasound journal clubs discussing cutting-edge literature which are moderated by experienced peer reviewers and journal editors. There are ample research opportunities for interested fellows, including access to a departmental research coordinator and dedicated statistician. For those interested in learning more, please see some of our recent publications in the "Research" tab.

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