University of Pennsylvania Medical Center

Ultrasound Project

Outside Lectures

A J Dean and Nova Panebianco have standing faculty positions with the SCCEP First Rock Emergency Ultrasound Course. They have lectured extensively at the National meetings of ACEP, SAEM, AIUM, SUSME, WINFOCUS and ASE. Dr Chan is an invited speaker at SMACC, Castlefest, and SUSME.
Several ultrasound fellows have taught extensively at the First Rock courses, as well as at WINFOCUS during their fellowship.

We have given full 2-day courses to the Divisions of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care at the Children's' Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Our Division hosts a Critical Care Ultrasound course yearly and tuition from this course supports Division activities. We do outside "on site" training courses in other Hospitals on request as time permits. Additionally, we run courses for Trauma and Global Health track residents. For several years AJ Dean was the Co-Director of the Emergency and Critical Care ultrasound track at the annual Leading Edge conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Internal Lectures

Faculty and fellows have extensive teaching opportunities and responsibilities at the Hospital of the University of Pennsyvania as well as in the School of Medicine. Since 2015 the Perelman School of Medicine has been developing an integrated curriculum for ultrasound education through all 4 years of Medical School. This program is under the leadership of Dr Wilma Chan. The Division provides annual clinician-performed ultrasound courses for incoming Medical, Anaesthesia, and Neuro Critical fellows.

Ultrasound Courses

As above


We offer a full 4-week elective rotation in EMBU to fourth-year medical students. It is an officially registered elective course that is routinely over-subscribed requiring allocation of spots by lottery.


Because ultrasound applications used for time-critical illnesses can ONLY be provided by the EP who is caring for the patient, we feel that these applications will drive the use and acceptance of EMBU in our specialty. Therefore, in the Penn fellowship there is special emphasis on critical care applications: cardiac, pleural and pulmonary evaluation receive special weight. Current research is ongoing in uses of ultrasound in shock. We are planning investigations of its use by intensivists in the critical care units and on rapid response teams. Current projects involving venous access and ultrasound education are also in progress.