University of Virginia

Program Description

Type of Program

The University of Virginia Department of Emergency Medicine is pleased to invite applications for an Ultrasound Fellowship for 2019-20. This one-year fellowship is a non-tenure appointment at the rank of Instructor. The fellowship is designed for individuals who are interested in acquiring advanced skills in ultrasonography. Fellows will work approximately 16 clinical hours per week as an attending physician in concert with fellowhip training in the emergency department. Dedicated scanning shifts, review of archived sonographic images, literature review, and scholarly research will be under the supervision of the Director of Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, Christopher D. Thom, MD RDMS, along with the Director of Emergency Ultrasound, James H. Moak, MD RDMS. Numerous opportunities are available for advancing teaching skills in ultrasonography. Fellows will be eligible for RDMS certification upon graduation. The successful applicant will have completed an emergency medicine residency and will be ABEM board-certified/eligible prior to July 2020. The Department of Emergency Medicine includes a chest pain center, adult and pediatric ED, active air and ground transport programs, and a poison control center. There is a well-established residency program with a rich academic tradition including fellowships in ultrasound, toxicology, medical education, trauma research, cardiovascular emergencies, and emergency medical services. The UVA Health System is a 600 bed tertiary care and Level 1 trauma center located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia. Compensation is highly competitive.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Year Fellowship Started:


Ultrasound Program Status

Dr. James Moak was hired in June, 2009 as the Department of Emergency Medicine's first faculty member with dedicated responsibilities as Ultrasound Director.

Dr. Christopher Thom was hired in July, 2014 as the Assistant Director of Emergency Ultrasound and serves as the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director.

Dr. Matthew Kongkatong was hired in July 2019. He is an ultrasound fellowship trained faculty member who plays a pivotal role in departmental ultrasound education and research.

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:

Currently two faculty members with RDMS certification. A third faculty member who is ultrasound fellowship trained. There are varied skill levels with ultrasound among other faculty members.

Notable Faculty

James H. Moak, MD, RDMS (Ultrasound Director)
Christopher D. Thom, MD, RDMS (Fellowship Director)
Matthew Kongkatong, MD

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

Dedicated scanning shifts, image review, and ultrasound journal club. Educational and research collaborations take place with the Radiology, Cardiology, and Anesthesia departments. Fellows are able to participate and utilize these opportunities to augment their training and exposure. Our department also hosts a vibrant Global Health initiative within Guatemala. Several residents travel down each year, with ultrasound training for faculty in Guatemala playing an important role.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?

Yes. We work closely with our departmental billing and coding staff to ensure accurate billing of appropriately performed and documented point-of-care ultrasounds by credentialed faculty.

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

Not for credentialed faculty.

Other Information

Come to beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia, routinely rated among the Top Ten places to live, and enjoy a historic, college town located in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Experience academic emergency medicine in a picturesque setting great for families or singles.