Emergency Medicine

Ultrasound Fellowship

Mission Statement

Our goal is to provide each physician with the knowledge base and clinical experience to successfully complete the fellowship training program and to pass the RDMS examination. Our clinicians provide compassionate, high quality patient care, and continue to positively impact the development and direction of emergency medicine.

Emergency Ultrasound Director:
Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS
Email: erdocderr@yahoo.com
Phone: (813) 627-5931

Program Description

Ultrasound procedureType of Program
Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is a large tertiary care center and level 1 trauma center residing on the west coast of Florida. The 77 bed emergency department has a volume of over 90,000 patient visits per year. The patient population is diverse and offers wide ranging pathology with high-acuity. There are approximately 1500 Trauma alert resuscitations per year. A new state-of-the-art emergency department and trauma center opened in November 2007.

Year Fellowship Started: 2010 

Ultrasound Program Status: Division of Emergency Medicine

Ultrasound Fellowship Education
The fellow will work clinically as an attending in the Tampa General Hospital emergency department and will be responsible for working 20 clinical hours per week. Responsibilities will include the teaching of residents and fourth year medical students from the University of South Florida. The fellow will spend an additional 20 hours per week scanning with the fellowship director, residents and medical students. Upon completion of training the fellow will receive a certificate of fellowship training from the University of South Florida.

Other Information
All applicants must have graduated from an ACGME accredited emergency medicine residency and be board-certified or board-eligible with the American Board of Emergency Medicine. In addition, the applicant must qualify for Florida Medical Licensure. Applicants must complete a TEAM Health employment application and submit three letters of recommendation for training. One of these letters must be from the applicant's residency program director.

Fellowship Position

Length of Fellowship: We are currently accepting applications.
The fellowship is one year in length.

Salary: $120,000+

Additional Funds:
CME funding provided

Number of Clinical Hours:

Number of Sites
1 clinical site
1 ultrasound site

Number of Positions per year:

Additional Opportunities:
Participation as faculty in emergency medicine ultrasound courses nationwide and locally at Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute. Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute | Ultrasound Training | CME

Educational Experience

The fellow will be trained in the six primary emergency ultrasound applications (ECHO, gallbladder, kidneys, aorta, 1st trimester pregnancy, FAST) and other secondary applications (DVT, procedural guidance, ocular, musculoskeletal, regional anesthesia and foreign body removal). In Spring the fellow will be qualified to sit for the ARDMS examination. The fellowship director reviews the fellow's ultrasound images and provides feedback. Images are stored digitally using a state of the art cloud based system (Q-path).

Image Review
Images are reviewed by the ultrasound director with feedback provided.

Deadline for fellowship application:
We are currently accepting applications.

Fellowship Alumni

Alison Derespino, MD
Chief Resident
University of South Florida

Ashley Grant, DO
Chief Resident
Tufts Baystate

Raymond Merritt, DO
Research Chief Resident
University of South Florida

Anthony DeLucia, DO
Chief Resident
Doctor's Hospital, Ohio Health

Saundra Jackson, MD
Chief Resident
UNC Chapel Hill

Tabitha Campbell, MD
Chief Resident
University of South Florida

Program Resources

Ultrasound Machines
MindRay TE 7
3 Sonosite S-FAST
Sonosite Turbo

Ultrasound Probes
phased array, linear array, endocavity, curvilinear

Image Recorder

Q-path. Image workflow is managed in a state-of-the-art fashion using wireless and cloud technologies.

Educational Resources

Partnership with Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute for hands-on training and research collaborations.

Fellowship Director

Dr. Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS

Name: Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMSEM 

Residency: Maricopa Medical Center

Years in Position: 7

RDMS: Abdominal Sonography

Other Information
Faculty, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Regional Ultrasound Director, TeamHealth Southeast

Resident Education Experience

Average Number of US
Residents must meet the emergency ultrasound proficiency guidelines set forth by ACEP prior to graduation.

Is there a dedicated US month?
Yes. Residents may choose to take their US month in their first, second, or third year.

Is there an US elective?
Yes. See above

Number of Residents who went on to become US fellows: 2

Number of hours Hands-on (i.e. scan shifts)

20 per week

Number of hours Image Review
4 per week

Number of hours didactics

Intern ultrasound course in July, asynchronous learning, and 5 hours quarterly as part of our Grand Rounds curriculum.

Residency Sonogames Team

Best Team Costume 2016 and 2017 SAEM Academic Assembly Sonogames

Top Ten Nationally, SAEM Academic Assembly Sonogames 2014 and 2015
First place, Southeastern SAEM Sonowars, USF team captain, Jacksonville, FL, March 23, 2013   

Ultrasound Faculty

Director: Charlotte Derr, MD

Ashley Grant, MD

Raymond Merritt, DO

Please watch this short refresher video. If you have not previously completed the online module, please do so at https://www.nanosonicsacademy.com/Trophon-EPR/Login and email Charlotte Derr, MD (erdocderr@yahoo.com) your certificate and an email stating that you understand the protocol.

Other residency information

An Introduction to Emergency Ultrasound course is held in July for all PGY 1 residents along with dedicated scanning shifts.