MetroHealth Medical Center

Program Description

Type of Program

The MetroHealth Medical Center ultrasound fellowship is a one-year fellowship (post-EM residency).

MetroHealth Medical Center is a level 1 adult trauma center, level 2 pediatric trauma center comprehensive stroke center, STEMI center and burn center for the city of Cleveland.

The ED sees over 140,000 patients per year between all of our EDs. We have a 3-year emergency medicine residency established in 1991 and are a clinical site for students at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Year Fellowship Started:

2003

Ultrasound Program Status

Division within the Department of Emergency Medicine

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:

5

Notable Faculty

Robert Jones, DO, FACEP - Division Leader
Matthew Tabbut, MD, FACEP - Fellowship Director
Samuel Tate, MD - Ultrasound Faculty - TEE
Sandra Werner, MD, FACEP - Ultrasound Faculty
Diane Gramer, RDMS - Ultrasound Educator

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

The goal of the emergency ultrasound fellowship is to produce future leaders in emergency ultrasound. Fellows are exposed to a high-acuity patient population with full scanning privileges in all areas of emergency ultrasound under the supervision of core faculty.

Fellows are required to work 20 hours clinically per week in the emergency department at MetroHealth Medical Center learning to integrate ultrasound into clinical care. They also have the opportunity to supervise residents and teach ultrasound on shift.

Fellows are required to work 20 hours non-clinically per week. This time is spent with core faculty doing scanning shifts, administrative projects, resident teaching and research.

Fellows also have the ability to work shifts as a flight physician on MetroHealth's Lifeflight program at one of 3 locations. Each aircraft is equipped with its own ultrasound machine.

Since the development of technical skills are an essential part of the ultrasound fellowship, the department has hired a full-time sonographer to assist in working with residents and fellows on the development of basic and advanced scanning skills. Fellows have extensive opportunity to learn advanced scanning skills under the direction of the sonographer-educator and core faculty.

The division also has a video archive of cases that the fellows can review in order to development their interpretive skills. ED ultrasounds are placed on the hospital's PACS system and the fellows are required to review these studies with core faculty.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?

Yes

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

No

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