The Department of Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Section is committed to advancing ultrasound education.

Our department is proud to be an AOD (area of distinction) within our residency program, advancing education beyond our standard resident curriculum for those residents who chose the AOD. Our commitment to education extends beyond the residency program to include third and fourth year medical students via student electives and with first and second year medical students via anatomy and skills labs. Our one year fellowship is geared to developing leaders in ultrasound and ultrasound teaching. Beyond the emergency department our section participates in community programs at local high schools and other community engagement opportunities. 


The Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of California San Francisco is pleased to offer a fellowship in emergency ultrasound. Our fellowship is a one-year experience for graduates of emergency medicine residency programs. The goal of the fellowship is to produce well-trained sonographers proficient in ultrasound education and research. The fellow's curriculum consists of scanning shifts supervised by ultrasound faculty at Moffitt-Long Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital emergency departments, as well as individualized video review and didactic sessions. The compensation is commensurate with the PGY level set by UCSF. 

Resident curriculum 

Ultrasound is integrated into the resident teaching curriculum with regular didactic sessions within the weekly conferences. Additionally, there are several learning opportunities for ultrasound-guided procedures during quarterly simulation sessions. The AOD (area of distinction) is an opportunity for residents to gain additional experience in ultrasound by engaging in image review and participating in reviewing scholarly articles in the field of ultrasound during journal club. 

Medical students

EM 170.13: Introduction to Bedside Ultrasound 

Course Description: This course provides introductory training in clinician-performed, point-of-care ultrasound. Participants will learn the fundamentals of proper scanning technique and image acquisition, become familiar with normal anatomic structures, and be introduced to abnormal findings associated with specific disease states. The course relies heavily on peer-to-peer teaching and provides practical, hands-on training through live scanning of normal models. (UCSF students only) 

Ultrasound resources

Visit the UCSF Ultrasound website for more information.