Virginia Commonwealth University

Program Description

Type of Program

The Medical College of Virginia at VCU was established in 1837 to serve the needs of Virginia and surrounding states. It is classified as having "very high research activity" by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. In the fiscal year 2010, VCU was awarded over $82 million in NIH research funding. The VCU emergency department is a level 1 trauma center and regional referring center that sees greater than 95,000 visits a year. The ED sits at the base of the state's only critical care hospital, a 15 story 232 bed hospital dedicated to critical care medicine.

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Ultrasound Program Status

Section within the Department of Emergency Medicine

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Notable Faculty

- Clinical Ultrasound Section Chief
- Associate Professor and Core Faculty Member
- Medical Director for Clinical Ultrasound for health system
- Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Director
- Resuscitation Fellowship Director
- Area of Interest: Resuscitative Ultrasound, TEE

Michael Vitto DO, MS, RDMS, RDCS, FACEP
- Assistant Ultrasound Director
- Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship Assistant Director
- Director of Simulation
- Assistant Professor and Core Faculty Member
- Area of Interest: pre-hospital ultrasound, patient safety, simulation, TEE

Michael Joyce MD, RDMS, RDCS
- Medical School Ultrasound Course Director
- Assistant Professor, Core Faculty Member for Residency
- Faculty instructor for Resuscitative TEE Workshop
- Area of Interest: TEE, DICOM, medical student education, MSK

- Resuscitation Fellowship Assistant Director
- M4 Elective Director
- Assistant Professor and Core Faculty Member
- Area of Interest: Vascular Ultrasound, Medical student education, TEE

Lindsay Taylor MD RDMS RDCS RVT
- Assistant Professor and Core Faculty
- Area of Interest: Pediatric Ultrasound, Resident Education

Ultrasound Fellowship Education

The Fellows will be required to complete one year of training in which they will accomplish over 1000 ultrasounds. Fellows will be required to sit for both the Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer exam and the Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer exam. In addition to these certifications the Fellows will have the ability to take other specialty certifications including ASE, RVT, and MSK.

During the fellowship the Fellows will receive advanced training in tranesophogeal echosonography, stress echo, advanced doppler, and contrast enhanced sonography. They will have the ability to participate in a number of ongoing research trials in the fields of education, pediatrics, trauma, ENT, critical care, and emergency medicine.

Throughout the year the Fellows will be allowed a travel stipend to attend conferences as well as training seminars both regionally and nationally.

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