UCLA : Olive View & Ronald Reagan Medical Centers

Resident Education Experience

Average Number of US

50 scans per week while on rotation.

Is there a dedicated US month?

Yes: A 2 week rotation is required in the R1year to develop basic ultrasound skills. We have a flipped classroom model, in which learners are given a curriculum with online didactics and a quiz to be completed prior to the assigned scan shift. We have a core group of ultrasound faculty that lead one scan shift on a weekly basis so that the rotation is always supervised by a dedicated US faculty member.

Is there an US elective?

Yes: 2 week elective blocks are offered to the R3/R4 class to develop advanced ultrasound skills. Medicine residents have also joined us on the elective. In addition to supervised scan shifts in the ED, we use: - Sonosim simulators - Feigenbaum Intro to Echocardiography simulator by KeLabs - UCLA Sim Center with high fidelity simulators like Heartworks and Vimedix

Number of Residents who went on to become US fellows:


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

3-5 scanning shifts per week while on the elective rotation.

Number of hours Image Review

3 hours of image review per week.

Number of hours didactics

15-20 hours of didactics (mostly online) per week.

Other Information

5hr didactics during R1 orientation
Monthly US lecture/workshop during residency conference
Very popular M4 rotation in clinical ultrasound