At the University of Wisconsin, we consider practical training in emergency clinical ultrasound to be among the foundational components of residency, so we invest in a strong ultrasound curriculum and incorporate this training into clinical care. 

Our commitment to a robust ultrasound curriculum sets us apart in five key ways:

  1. More highly trained faculty. UW EM has five diverse fellowship-trained ultrasound faculty, which underscores our commitment to an environment of ultrasound excellence. As a resident, you will work side-by-side with these faculty as you develop expertise in ultrasound.
  2. More state-of-the-art equipment. We have seven clinical ultrasound machines (Phillips Sparq, Sonosite S-series, three Sonosite Edges, and two Sonosite M-Turbos), which help build ultrasound expertise instead of spending time searching for “the machine”. All ultrasound images are exported wirelessly and stored digitally. Every scan performed by residents is reviewed for QA purposes through Qpath, an industry-leading middleware product. We have three state-of-the-art, high-fidelity ultrasound simulators (Sonosim, SonoMan, and Heartworks), with procedural TTE, TEE, transvaginal and abdominal capabilities. 
  3. Opportunities for additional learning. Advanced ultrasound training is available through an ultrasound elective. This elective is flexible to accommodate the goals of each resident. An ultrasound elective shift that incorporates bedside teaching, image review, and scanning is available during PGY2 and PGY3 years. Our program also offers a competitive, accredited ultrasound fellowship.
  4. More use at the bedside. With five ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty and 17 other emergency medicine faculty with ultrasound privileges, we create a clinical environment that encourages the use of ultrasound in clinical practice. Our ultrasounds are not just for education, either, but can be uploaded into a patient’s chart for utilization by other medical professionals.
  5. Training from day one to day 1095.  PGY1s attend an ultrasound workshop to learn the basics of ultrasound during the first month. Then, emergency clinical ultrasound training is integrated into all three years of EM residency at UW. The PGY1 ultrasound rotation uses innovative asynchronous didactic content so more time can be spent at the bedside polishing skills with faculty. Ultrasound education is incorporated into EM resident conference, via an awarding winning longitudinal innovative small group workshop series that covers all 12 clinical emergency ultrasound indications recognized by the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Division Director and Associate Professor Sara Damewood, MD, is available at sdamewood@medicine.wisc.edu.