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Fellowship

The mission of the Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop physicians in the specialties of internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics who have the expertise to use ultrasound at the point-of-care in outpatient and inpatient settings, who can conduct research in ultrasound applications in primary care and can educate medical students, residents and practicing physicians.  

Introduction

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute and Palmetto Health Richland have been leaders in the integration of ultrasound in medical education and the development of clinical applications of ultrasound since 2005.

The mission of the Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop physicians in the specialties of internal medicine, family medicine and pediatrics who have the expertise to use ultrasound at the point-of-care in outpatient and inpatient settings, who can conduct research in ultrasound applications in primary care and can educate medical students, residents and practicing physicians. Fellows will spend approximately 20% of their time practicing their specialty within their respective department and 80% of their time in clinical training in the use of ultrasound, teaching in the medical student and residency ultrasound curricula and scholarly activity related to ultrasound research and publications.

Working closely with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the curriculum provides fellows with opportunities to learn from practicing clinicians and educators in vascular, abdominal, emergency medicine, lung, obstetrics, gynecology, musculoskeletal ultrasound, echocardiography and ultrasound-guided procedures. Fellows will develop their teaching skills through presentations and bedside teaching to medical students, residents and practicing physicians.

In the role of educator, the fellow will participate actively in implementation and further development of the Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum (i-USC) at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

To achieve these goals, the fellowship offers the following:

  • State of the art facilities and equipment
  • Valuable support from the USC SOM Ultrasound Institute, the primary care departments and the hospital
  • Access to laptop and handheld ultrasound units
  • Nationally recognized leaders in ultrasound in medical education
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Opportunities to attend national and international programs with exposure to leaders in primary care ultrasound 
Overview
Length of Training

The fellowship lasts for twelve months, beginning July 1 of each academic year.

Applicant Qualifications

All applicants must have graduated from an ACGME-accredited primary care residency and be board-certified or board-eligible in their primary care specialty. You must qualify for South Carolina Medical Licensure and submit three letters of recommendation with your application. One of these letters must come from your residency program director. Applicants are not required to have prior ultrasound experience.

The deadline for fellowship applications is January 1. Interviews will be conducted in January and notification of acceptance will occur no later than February 1.

Completion of Training
The fellow will receive a certificate of completion of the Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship training from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and Palmetto Health Richland.

Curriculum Objectives

Ultrasound Fellowship Curriculum [pdf]

Clinical
Develop expertise in those inpatient and outpatient applications of ultrasound relevant to the fellow’s primary care specialty

  • Vascular ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound
  • Lung ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Emergency Medicine ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Ultrasound guided procedures


Education

  • Develop presentation skills in classroom, small group and bedside settings
  • Learn process for development of web-based learning modules with Fellowship Faculty and Production Manager in USC SOM Office of Media Resources
  • Learn preceptor skills in USC School of Medicine Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum (i-USC®) for medical students
  • Develop curricula and presentation skills for resident ultrasound training in the respective primary care specialty


Scholarly Activities

  • Develop and implement outcome measures for educational programs
  • Develop and implement a research project for applications of laptop and/or handheld ultrasound units in the fellow’s specialty
  • Develop skills for evaluation and presentation of research results.
  • Develop knowledge of processes for IRB review, grant proposal submission and journal-specific publication


Responsibilities

Ultrasound Examinations

  • Perform a minimum of 100 reviewed studies in each of at least three specialty-specific procedures
  • Use USC SOM Ultrasound Institute portal system to send studies for review


American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

  • Establish knowledge and skills in physics and instrumentation
  • Perform procedures recommended by the ARDMS certification
  • Abdomen
  • One other area of choice


Education

  • Plan and conduct one presentation for the M1 or M2 ultrasound curriculum
  • Aid faculty in conduct of OSCEs for medical student ultrasound curriculum
  • Develop one ultrasound learning module that is accessible through the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute web site
  • Plan and implement at least one M1 or M2 scan lab for the integrated Ultrasound Curriculum
  • Develop, document and implement at least one training module with didactic and scan lab components for the residents in the fellow’s primary care specialty


Research

  • Participate in process for completion and submittal of one grant proposal
  • Participate in process for completion and submittal of one Human Subjects Application to the IRB prior to conduct of research
  • Publish at a minimum one peer-reviewed article as the lead author


Resources

  • Faculty and staff expertise at the USC SOM Ultrasound Institute and the respective primary care departments to assist fellow’s completion of clinical, education and research responsibilities
  • Ultrasound Institute equipped with teaching classroom, four scanning labs, ultrasound laptop and handheld units for clinical, education and research use
  • Funding for CME activities and attendance at ultrasound-related meetings
Application

Please complete the Fellowship Application Form [pdf]. Save the form and email it to: ultrasoundinstitute@uscmed.sc.edu

Letters of Recommendation
Send to:

Richard Hoppmann, MD
Director, Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship Program
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Building 3
Columbia, SC 29208