Ultrasound Fellowship

Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

The University of Wisconsin is pleased to sponsor a one-year advanced emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship training program. The goal of our fellowship is not only to train expert sonographers, but also leaders in point-of-care ultrasound education, administration, research, and global health applications. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to engage in quality assurance for the entire Emergency Department, to provide bedside and large group didactic education for medical students and residents, and to spearhead an independent research project tailored to your specific interests.

Program Overview

  • Length of Fellowship: 1 year
  • Number of Positions: 1-3
  • Participates in NRMP Match: Yes
  • Start: July 1, 2022
  • Apply by: September 15, 2021

Our ultrasound faculty have a wide breadth of interests, and provide unique mentorship opportunities for fellows with diverse interests, including ultrasound program management (Dr. Sara Damewood), global health (Dr. Jessica Schmidt), medical education (Drs. Dana Resop, Jamie Hess, Jessica Schmidt and Sara Damewood), research (Drs. Sara Damewood & Hani Kuttab) and prehospital ultrasound (Dr. Hani Kuttab).

As point-of-care ultrasound becomes more pervasive throughout the house of medicine, our section has forged strong ties with other specialties to enhance fellow education and maintain our position as champions of point-of-care ultrasound throughout the hospital. Trainees have the opportunity to work with cardiology fellows and staff to augment their education in transthoracic echocardiography, as well as with anesthesia staff to acquire transesophageal echo skills. Fellows also have the opportunity to develop didactics and work with other departments that are building point-of-care ultrasound programs including pediatrics, thoracic surgery, and critical care medicine.

During the fellowship, trainees receive a very competitive salary along with ample CME funds to further enhance and tailor the educational experience to their specific needs.

For more details on specific requirements and to apply, please visit our fellowship listing on the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships website.

Fellowship Director

Sara DamewoodSara Damewood, MD
Section Chief, Emergency Medicine Ultrasound
Physician Lead, Coding, Billing, and Documentation
Associate Professor
sdamewood@medicine.wisc.edu

Dr. Damewood oversees all aspects of DEM ultrasound operations and education for all levels of learners. Under her leadership, significant advances in archiving and reviewing clinical ultrasound images have led to improved ED patient care. She developed a clinical ultrasound fellowship in 2014, with graduating fellows into academic faculty and ultrasound leaders in community EDs. She was instrumental in the rollout of ultrasound for UW Med Flight providers, and also initiated a longitudinal research project exploring cardiopulmonary ultrasound findings in septic shock, in collaboration with the UW Department of Medicine's Division of Pulmonary Critical Care. She is currently involved in projects with ultrasound assessing aspiration pneumonia, 3D printing models, and prehospital care.

Nationally, Dr. Damewood is recognized as a leader in the clinical ultrasound community. She served as the co-chair of the ACEP Ultrasound section simulation subcommittee. She has also served as chair of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships program development committee and played a significant role in the development of ultrasound fellowships nationwide. Currently, she is serving as the inaugural chair of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC).

Core Ultrasound Faculty

With five fellowship-trained ultrasound faculty with diverse interests, fellows learn in an environment committed to ultrasound excellence. As a fellow, you will work side-by-side with these faculty as you further develop expertise in ultrasound. In addition, 17 other emergency medicine faculty within the department have ultrasound privileges, creating 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.

Get to know our core fellowship-trained ultrasound faculty:

Sara Damewood, MD
Jamie Hess, MD
Hani Kuttab, MD
Dana Resop, MD
Jessica Schmidt, MD, MPH

Current Fellows

Fellowship Alumni

Year graduated from fellowship and current position:

2020: Hani Kuttab, MD (Assistant Ultrasound Director, University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine | Madison, WI); Lauren Sheehy, MD (Emergency Physician, TMC HealthCare | Tucson, AZ)
2019: Nikolai Schnittke, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor, Oregon Health & Science University Department of Emergency Medicine | Portland, OR); Kevin Emmerich, MD, MS (Emergency Physician, Methodist Hospitals | Gary, IN)
2017: Abigail Dahlberg, MD, RDMS (Emergency Physician, Southern Wisconsin Emergency Associates | Janesville, WI)
2016: Matthew Tyl, MD (Emergency Physician, MercyHealth System | WI)