Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Program Description

Type of Program

The Wake Forest Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a 1 year training program focused on developing the teaching and program management skills of emergency physicians interested in an academic or community emergency medicine career focused on the clinical use of point of care ultrasound. The primary setting is a tertiary referral hospital that is the center for a 6 hospital regional health system. Our emergency department faculty staff these emergency departments as well as more than 7 others throughout our region, all with point of care ultrasound programs.

Wake Forest Baptist Health main campus is the home of a 45 resident emergency medicine training program performing >7000 POCUS exams a year. We perform all modalities and all exam types with the exception of TEE. Fellows will participate in bedside training of EM residents as well as other services in our institution wide ultrasound training center. Wake Forest is also the only medical school in North Carolina with an integrated ultrasound curriculum for medical students in all four years of medical school.

Year Fellowship Started:


Ultrasound Program Status

Recognized sub-group within the Department of Emergency Medicine. Our organization does not formally recognize subdivisions of the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:


Notable Faculty

Casey Glass, MD, FPD-Advanced Emergency US (Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center, 2008)
Jacob Schoeneck, MD, FPD-Advanced Emergency US (Fellowship, Prisma Health, 2018)

Part Time Faculty:
Dillon Casey, MD (Fellowship, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, 2022)
Kristy Ford, MD (Fellowship, Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, 2022)
Joshua Michael Zavitz, DO (Fellowship at Resurrection Medical Center, 2014)

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

Our goal is to train highly motivated point of care ultrasound educators and researchers, who will graduate with the expertise necessary to fulfill their future teaching and administrative responsibilities in any clinical care setting. We hope to provide our fellows with a superior educational experience through hands on guidance at the bedside, didactics, structured asynchronous learning, abundant teaching opportunities, and mentorship customized to the fellow's needs.

Mentorship Opportunities: Weekly scanning shifts with the ultrasound faculty, tailored to the fellow's individual skill set. Weekly supervised QA and video-based image review with the ultrasound faculty. Instruction in the production of high-quality lecture and video based educational content. Assistance in the development of an academic project. Guidance in post-fellowship job search. Administrative training with the ultrasound department leadership.

Educational Responsibilities: The fellow will provide weekly scanning shifts for residents and medical students. The fellow will perform or supervise at least 1000 ultrasound examinations during the fellowship. The fellow will acquire a standard minimum ultrasound knowledge base as outlined in the fellowship curriculum manual. The fellow is responsible for preparing and giving 2 lectures to the residents, with a focus on more advanced ultrasound applications. The fellow will facilitate one ultrasound journal club for the residents and faculty. Fellows will participate in 4 hours of weekly QA with the ultrasound director, with progressive QA responsibilities throughout the year. The fellow will attend the annual AIUM, SCUF, ACEP or SAEM conference.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?

We bill for all clinically indicated POCUS studies for credentialed providers.

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

We only require follow up imaging when POCUS studies are performed by non-credentialed providers.

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