Ultrasound

Residents at New York Presbyterian Queens have the opportunity to receive superb training in point-of-care emergency ultrasound. There are several ultrasound fellowship-trained attending physicians that work closely with residents at the bedside both during clinical shifts and during dedicated ultrasound scanning shifts. The ultrasound division sponsors an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship that accepts 1-2 fellows per year. Ultrasound education is formally integrated into our didactic curriculum via year-round conference lectures supplemented with hands-on sessions, as well as dedicated 4-week ultrasound rotations in both the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years. Presently our department has 4 Mindray-Zonare ultrasound machines and a transesophageal probe, in addition to 4 handheld Butterfly probes that are readily available to residents for clinical and teaching purposes. The ultrasound division is very active in academics including education and research. Many residents have chosen to do research projects in this area. Additionally, there is an opportunity for residents to travel internationally to teach ultrasound.

Ultrasound Didactics: Point-of-care emergency ultrasound is one of the strongest aspects of our residency as we have multiple fellowship-trained clinicians on staff. Every month during conference the Division of Emergency Ultrasound provides hands-on workshops to teach basic and novel topics in point-of-care ultrasound. These interactive workshops, in conjunction with two ultrasound rotations that are integrated with weekly tape-review and bedside scan sessions, are the reason that our residents are so proficient in ultrasound by the end of residency. As a result of this dedication to formal point-of-care ultrasound training, our residents on average graduate with 550 scans and are able to incorporate their skills in their routine clinical practice after graduation.

Ultrasound Fellowship: The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at New York Presbyterian Queens was developed to further train emergency physicians in the utilization of this important diagnostic modality and to establish a strong foundation for our fellows’ academic and administrative career advancement. Over the course of this 1-year program, fellows hone their skills as educators working closely with the emergency medicine residency as well as students from the Weill Cornell College of Medicine as well as other sponsoring institutions. Fellows will also develop a working relationship with both departmental and hospital administrators and gain exposure to operational components such as policy development, billing, and machine maintenance.

PA Ultrasound Fellowship: The physician assistant post-graduate fellowship in emergency ultrasound is a one-year program designed for physician assistants to acquire competency with all of the applications recommended by the ACEP guidelines. Fellows will learn advanced applications including echocardiography for the critically ill patient and advanced pediatric applications taught by pediatric ultrasound-trained faculty. Our PA fellowship also provides global opportunities with established international ultrasound entities where fellows participate in ultrasound teaching endeavors such as the Developing EM Ultrasound Conference. Our fellows additionally participate in ultrasound research, guided by our NewYork-Presbyterian Queens research team who assists with proposals, IRB applications, data acquisition, and publications. The ultimate goal of the fellowship is to train the new generation of physician assistants who will eventually grow to be the future leaders of emergency ultrasound.

Ultrasound Student Clerkship: Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become an integral part of emergency medicine training and daily clinical practice. POCUS allows emergency clinicians to make efficient and effective management decisions while never leaving the patient’s side. New York Presbyterian Queens offers an emergency ultrasound elective clerkship for medical students and PA students. This clerkship offers students the opportunity to obtain hands-on and didactic training in this essential diagnostic modality. The goal of this 2-4 week elective is to provide students with a broad-based introduction to the emergency applications of bedside ultrasound.

International Ultrasound: Our ultrasound faculty has a special interest in global health, particularly in teaching bedside ultrasound in resource-limited areas. We participate in global conferences, workshops, and lectures to help train physicians and associate providers internationally. Follow our recent international endeavors by visiting our NewYork-Presbyterian Queens International Ultrasound page.

Ultrasound Faculty: Meet our Ultrasound Faculty