University of Vermont Medical Center

Program Description

Type of Program

The University of Vermont Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a 1-year EUFAC-certified program dedicated to train EM graduates to become future leaders in Emergency Ultrasound.

The University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) is an integrated medical system with 7 affiliated emergency departments and a total annual volume of 150,000 patients. The University of Vermont Medical Center is an outstanding tertiary care Level 1 Trauma Center with over 65,000 patient visits per year. Our busy community sites with 30-50,000 patients/year include Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (Plattsburgh, NY) and Central Vermont Medical Center (Montpelier, VT). Our critical-access sites across rural Vermont and upstate NY include Porter Hospital (Middlebury, VT), Elizabethtown Community Hospital campuses (Elizabethtown & Ticonderoga, NY), and Alice-Hyde Medical Center (Malone, NY). Most of our UVMMC faculty work at two or more sites and our ultrasound fellow will do scan shifts at all of our affiliate sites to integrate ultrasound into our rural communities.

Highlights of our Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship include:
*Level 1 Trauma Center
*3-year EM residency
*Integrated community and rural EM Network sites
*Pediatric EM experience and mentorship
*Butterfly Enterprise web-based archiving system
*Billing for all ultrasound applications
*TEE program & credentialing with our own ED TEE probe
*9 dedicated machines for POCUS education
*UVM Sim lab with standardized patients
*HeartWorks TEE and TVUS simulators
*Blue Phantom vascular ultrasound trainers
*Competitive salary and benefits

Year Fellowship Started:

2021

Ultrasound Program Status

Section of Emergency Ultrasound within the Division of Resuscitation Science in the Department of Emergency Medicine

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:

9

+ Additional faculty with significant clinical and global health ultrasound experience

Notable Faculty

Lindsay Reardon, MD, AEMUS Ultrasound Fellowship & Division Director
Neil Krulewitz, DO, UVM Ultrasound Faculty
Nick Aunchman, MD CVPH ED Director
Dan Ackil, DO Director of Procedural & SIM Education
Nathan Payne, CVPH Ultrasound Director
Dan Stratz, MD, Medical Student US Clerkship Director
Ashley Weisman, MD, E-Town/Ticonderoga Ultrasound Director
Sam Potter, MD CVMC Ultrasound Director
Robert Pitts, MD, Porter Medical Center Ultrasound Director

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

The Ultrasound Fellowship program at the University of Vermont includes the following 4 components:

* Clinical expertise: fellows will receive extensive hands on instruction and mentorship to master image acquisition and interpretation skills. In addition, fellows will also include online didactics, classroom didactics, required reading, and literature review.

*Education: Fellows will participate and be mentored in becoming outstanding educators. They will participate in weekly QA sessions, weekly EM resident scan shifts, and medical student education and scanning sessions. Fellows will give case-based didactics sessions and will have the opportunity to give lectures at national and international conferences. In addition, fellows will be educators for EM residents, EM faculty, and medical students. This includes mentorship and education of providers in regional UVMHN emergency departments and primary clinics. Fellows will be able to participate in a Network-wide QA system and provider real-time teleguidance for providers at remote sites. They also will participate in the UVM COM 4-year integrated medical school ultrasound program and the UVMMC TEE program.

* Administration - Fellows will become facile at all aspects of running an emergency ultrasound program. this includes gaining experience at billing/reimbursement, QA/ QI, image archiving, and equipment/maintenance.

* Research - Ultrasound fellows will have access to a robust research environment. They will have access to our outstanding research team for mentorship, clinical support, and statistical support. Fellows will be funded to develop and complete on original project. With our Network of integrated emergency departments and primary care clinics and effort at having all providers credentialed at EUS, there is ample opportunity for all aspects of clinic ultrasound research.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?

Yes

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

No

Other Information

Ultrasound is routinely used in ED for clinical decision-making.

Option to customize fellowship experience based individual interests and goals.

Unrestricted use of ultrasound in the ED including TEE and regional anesthesia.

Research coordinator and assistants.

Robust Global Health program.

Integrated Medical School ultrasound education.

Outstanding quality life in Vermont!
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