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. This fellowship is conducted at Tampa General Hospital, 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 120,000 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. We are one of only a handful of hospital systems currently using transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) during cardiac resuscitation.
Fellows work clinically as attendings in the Tampa General Hospital emergency department and will be responsible for working 20 clinical hours per week and will directly supervise residents and medical students on shift. If interested, fellows are also permitted to work shifts at our free-standing emergency department which is only 10 minutes away. Fellows will spend an additional 20 hours per week scanning and working closely with the fellowship director as well as various physicians and sonographers in the departments of obstetrics, radiology and cardiology. Upon completion of training fellows receive a certificate of fellowship training from the University of South Florida.
Fellows are trained in the six primary emergency ultrasound applications (TEE, ECHO, gallbladder, kidneys, aorta, 1st trimester pregnancy, FAST) and other secondary applications (DVT, procedural guidance, ocular, musculoskeletal, regional anesthesia, TEE and foreign body removal). Fellows are expected to complete a minimum of 800 examinations. 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).