University of Arizona

Program Description

Type of Program

The University of Arizona Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a one year Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC) accredited program designed to train Emergency Medicine graduates to assume leadership roles in Emergency Ultrasound. Focused Practice Designation (FPD) is approved by ABEM and therefore is only available for those who are board-certified through ABEM (unfortunately not through ABOEM). Fellowship graduates from our program are eligible to sit for the Focused Practice Designation (FPD) examination through the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). For more information about Eligibility Criteria for Entry into Fellowship and FPD :

Banner University Medical Center is an internationally renowned tertiary care center. The Tucson Campus ED sees more than 70,000 patients and the South Campus ED sees more than 40,000 patients annually. Some highlights of our Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship include:

High patient acuity
Level I trauma center
Three Emergency Medicine Residency Programs
Fellowship programs in Ultrasound, Toxicology, Sports Medicine, Simulation and EMS
Pediatric Emergency Medicine experience
Faculty with ABEM Focused Practice Designation in Advanced EM Ultrasonography
QpathE-Web-based image archival system
Wireless image transfer
PACS archiving
Dedicated ultrasound equipment for education (cart based systems and handhelds)
Emergency Ultrasound privileges approved by hospital (All primary applications and advanced cardiac including TEE, vascular and non-obstetric pelvic etc.)
Billing for Point-of-Care Ultrasound exams
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Offices
Competitive salary and benefits

Year Fellowship Started:


Ultrasound Program Status

Section of Emergency Ultrasound within the Department of Emergency Medicine

Number of Ultrasound Faculty:


Along with other faculty with varied ultrasound experience.

Notable Faculty

Srikar Adhikari, MD, MS
Elaine Situ-LaCasse, MD
Josie Acuna, MD, RDMS
Adrienne Yarnish, MD
Richard Amini, MD
Nicholas Stea, MD
Maili Drachman, MD
Nicola Baker, MD
Jarrod Mosier, MD (Critical Care Ultrasound)
Anna Waterbrook, MD (Musculoskeletal Ultrasound)

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

There are three primary components to our fellowship program.

1. Education:

-Master image acquisition and interpretation skills for basic and advanced point-of-care Emergency Ultrasound applications in both adult and pediatric patients.
-Become an effective Emergency Ultrasound teacher.-Develop Emergency Ultrasound teaching portfolio.

We have a very comprehensive Emergency Ultrasound syllabus for fellows. The topics listed in the syllabus are covered over the course of fellowship year. The syllabus includes: 1) Normal and abnormal 2) Core and advanced content 3) Problem based approach and algorithms. Fellows learn the curriculum through a combination of one-on-one scanning shifts, classroom didactics, required readings, and literature review. Fellows are expected give case based presentations at every weekly conference. They work in other clinical environments such as sports medicine institute and intensive care unit to focus on specific ultrasound applications. Additionally fellows are responsible for teaching the faculty, residents and medical students, develop their own ultrasound lecture portfolio and assist with ultrasound competency assessment. Fellows will also have opportunities to attend local, regional and national ultrasound courses.

2. Administration:

-Become proficient in the critical components required to run an Emergency Ultrasound program such as image archiving, database management, quality assurance, billing and reimbursement.

Fellows participate in faculty credentialing and Emergency Ultrasound billing program. They are responsible for ultrasound equipment maintenance. They review ED Ultrasound images for quality and play an active role in image management and archiving.

3. Research:

-Become proficient in Emergency Ultrasound research study development and implementation.
-Be up to date with the current literature in the field of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.

Fellows have access to a rich clinical environment, statistical support, and faculty with research funding to develop and complete one original research project. They are also expected to participate in all ongoing ultrasound research projects within the department.

Do you bill for ultrasounds?


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

Not for faculty with Emergency Ultrasound privileges

Other Information

Faculty with experience in extramural funding for Emergency Ultrasound research
Special emphasis on novel ultrasound applications
Musculoskeletal Ultrasound experience in Sports Medicine Institute
Option to customize the fellowship based on your interests and goals
Medical school ultrasound education
Outstanding quality of life in Southwest Arizona