Scanning time: Fellows will have the ability to scan patients in the emergency department under direct and indirect supervision of ultrasound faculty. Scan time will take place during ultrasound scan shifts, and fellows will have the ability to work with residents and medical students. Fellows also may scan patients in their own clinic or during inpatient coverage. Fellows are expected to perform over 800 scans during their fellowship year.
Image review: All images are saved onto QPath. Fellows will get direct feedback on image acquisition skills and pathologic findings. Fellows will also participate in QPath rounds, during which educational image review with faculty will take place.
Didactic sessions: During the first half of the year, fellows will have didactic sessions with ultrasound faculty during which image acquisition, normal image and pathologic images will be reviewed. Didactic sessions will be blended with self-learning modules provided to fellows. Topics covered are flexible but include cardiac, lung, abdominal, obstetric, vascular, trauma, critical care, renal, musculoskeletal, procedural and small organ ultrasound.
Additional scanning experience: Fellows also have the ability to work with other experts in ultrasound at Ohio State. Possible opportunities including working with sonographers to enhance acquisition skills of advanced imaging, working with obstetricians to improve obstetric ultrasound skills, and working with sports medicine physicians to gain musculoskeletal ultrasound skills.
Simulation: The simulation lab is available for the fellow to practice ultrasound skills. Time can be scheduled to practice acquisition skills using trained simulated ultrasound patients (TSUP). Additional resources include procedural trainers (IVC, PIV or paracentesis), pelvic trainers (IUP, ectopic) and cardiac simulator.
Teaching: Fellows will have ample opportunities to provide educational sessions during their fellowship year. Opportunities include hands-on teaching to medical students, residents and physicians in other departments. Examples of teaching include lectures, workshops, skills sessions and virtual lectures. Ultrasound faculty provide guidance and mentorship on teaching.
Research: The ultrasound division is active in research. Fellows are expected to complete one research project during their fellowship. Research can include clinical, educational or quality improvement projects. Fellows are encouraged to present their work at national conferences.