University of Chicago

Resident Education Experience

Average Number of US

1000 scans required for graduation

Is there a dedicated US month?

Our residents have a longitudinal ultrasound curriculum with ultrasound education every year. During their intern year, the residents have 4 weeks (2 two week blocks) of anesthesia and ultrasound. Interns will spend their mornings practicing intubations in the OR and will spend their afternoons scanning in the ED. They will have dedicated scanning time with ultrasound-fellowship trained faculty twice a week. As a PGY2, residents have a month long toxicology rotation where they will be expected to be present for scanning with the interns twice a week during attending ultrasound rounds. Then in their final year, residents have a 4 week teaching resident month where they will spend their time in the ED assisting with procedures and act as primary teacher for the interns. During this time the residents will scan with the interns.

Is there an US elective?

There is a 2 week ultrasound elective during the PGY2 year.

Number of Residents who went on to become US fellows:

8 residents in the past 3 years have gone on to become US fellows.

Number of hours Hands-on (i.e. scan shifts)

Residents are expected to scan on their own time during their 4 week ultrasound block as interns. During that 4 weeks the interns will scan for 4-5 hours a week with ultrasound fellowship trained attendings.

Number of hours Image Review


Number of hours didactics

Most of the didactic education is based on residents watching podcasts and reviewing textbooks prior to scanning shifts so that learning can occur primarily at the bedside in real time.

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