Leaders in Point of Care Sonography Education

We have been training residents in Point of Care Sonography (POCS) since the mid 1990′s. Today we offer fellowships in POCS for Emergency Medicine Physicians, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians, Hospitalists, and Intensivists.

From their first month in the program, all residents utilize POCS in their daily clinical work in the ED. During the July residency orientation, the POCS faculty and fellows teach small group workshops explaining the history and physics of POCS followed by hands on training.Training continues with dedicated POCS rotations during the PGY2, PGY3, and PGY4 years, as well as quarterly workshops for all medical students, residents, and fellows.

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Each rotation begins with three hours of one-on-one training with POCS faculty at the patient’s bedside.  All residents complete over 300 quality reviewed exams becoming qualified to utilize POCS in their daily clinical work. Monday through Thursday are dedicated service days when the POCS faculty and fellows scan directly in the ED with the rotating EM residents and students. Friday’s image credentialing review teaches the important yet sometimes subtle details of this powerful diagnostic technique. Weekly journal club helps provide an opportunity to review fundamental concepts in current textbooks, as well as the latest research in the literature.  Many Emergency Medicine residents pursue additional POCS elective time during their PGY1 and PGY4 years.

All POCS equipment is available to all physicians 24/7

  • Two Mindray M7 Systems with a full array of probes
  • Three GE compact LogicE Systems with a full array of probes
  • Hand held GE Vscan system
  • All systems have still image and video recording capabilities
  • Qpath online quality assurance and documentation system
  • Dedicated conference room for online learning and image review
  • Proving grounds for the latest in GE compact US technologies just before hitting the marketplace

Three Dedicated POCS Rotations

  • Developed in accordance with ACEP 2008 Ultrasound Guidelines
  • 2 Week during PGY2 and 1 Week during PGY3 and PGY4 Years
  • Three hour one on one orientation with POCS faculty
  • Dedicated scanning shifts in the ER
  • Weekly image credentialing review and journal clubs
  • Completion of over 300 quality assured exams

Quarterly Workshops

  • 3 hour workshop covering one of the eleven core applications
  • Didactic case based discussions with real patient images
  • Hands on small group instruction in the ED with qualified faculty

POCS Fellowship

  • Developed in accordance with ACEP US Fellowship Guidelines
  • POCS experience in multiple Emergency Departments
  • Clinical work in multiple clinical environments
  • Weekly one on one scanning time with time with POCS faculty
  • Weekly Journal Club
  • Weekly Image Review and Credentialing Experience
  • Weekly ultrasound experience in pediatric ED, critical care, anesthesiology, medicine procedure service, trauma, and cardiology.
  • Participation in national and local research projects
  • Dedicated research time
  • Abundant teaching and writing opportunities
  • Experience in POCS Program development, from machine maintenance to billing to training
  • Attend ACEP’s highly respected Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills Course or Teaching Fellowship, ACEP US Section Meeting, and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Conference
  • Prepare for and successfully earn Accredited Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer credentialing
  • Competitive Salary with Benefits
  • Three and Four year EM residency and Pediatric EM fellowship graduates welcome to apply
  • Opportunities for Hospitalist and Intensivist fellowships
  • Contact johnbailitz@gmail.com for more information

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Emergency POCS Division Director

John Bailitz, MD, ARDMS, FACEP

POCS Fellowship Directors

Karen Cosby, MD

John Bailitz

Emergency POCS Faculty

Deborah Kimball, MD

Nadim Hafez, MD, Rush Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Director