University of Washington

Program Description

Type of Program

One year fellowship. A two-year fellowship is an option if an applicant is interested in pursuing an advanced degree.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Washington encompasses Harborview Medical Center, UW-Montlake, and UW-Northwest emergency departments:

Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is the only Level I adult and pediatric trauma and burn center serving Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, and has a specific mission to care for the community's most vulnerable patients. HMC also serves as the regional stroke center and the Disaster Medical Control Center (DMCC) for Seattle and King County. HMC has over 400 beds; the emergency department has 68 beds and sees approximately 65,000 patients annually.

UW Medical Center - Montlake is a tertiary/quaternary care center, providing specialized care in areas such as cardiology, high-risk pregnancy and neonatal intensive care, oncology, orthopedics, and organ transplantation. Some of the most medically complex patients are seen in the UWMC ED, many of whom are on novel chemotherapies or on second or even third transplants.

UW Medical Center - Northwest is a full-service medical center based in North Seattle, offering emergency and inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical, and therapeutic care on a 44-acre campus that includes the neighboring Outpatient Medical Center.

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Ultrasound Program Status

Ultrasound Section, Department of Emergency Medicine

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:


Notable Faculty

Ross Kessler, MD
Michael Vrablik, DO
Adeyinka Adedipe, MD, RDMS
Brandon Backlund, MD
M. Kennedy Hall, MD, MHS
Sachita Shah, MD, DTM&H

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

The AEMUS fellowship at the University of Washington provides a unique and mentored opportunity for the fellow to develop their understanding of advanced ultrasound applications, prehospital and critical access ultrasound, ultrasound in regional medical education, and new ultrasound technology. The curriculum has been designed to provide a combination of opportunities in Seattle and within the greater Pacific Northwest with Airlift Northwest and WWAMI medical education.

We prepare graduates to become experts in emergency ultrasound and take direction of clinical ultrasound programs in academic, rural, and community settings. We aim to provide an educational experience that is innovative and interdisciplinary in order to provide the fellow exposure to not only current core clinical ultrasound applications, but future ones as well.

Fellows will be expected to master all core advanced emergency medicine ultrasonography applications. In addition, we offer exposure to a variety of advanced applications that include: TEE, ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia, advanced critical care ultrasound, pediatric emergency ultrasound, and other advanced applications.

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Other Information

The University of Washington (UW) Department of Emergency Medicine and its affiliated hospitals serve a broad community that includes the Puget Sound area as well as the rest of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI). The WWAMI region comprises approximately 27% of the United States and and nearly 5% of the US population. The WWAMI partnership ensures that our medical teams care for patients from unique cultural and varying socioeconomic backgrounds.

The UW Department of Emergency Medicine seeks fellows that reflect the broad-reaching diversity of the patients we care for. We celebrate inclusion in all aspects of our clinical practice, our trainees, and our community.