The Department of Pediatrics strongly supports the use of point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in the emergency department to facilitate timely bedside diagnosis and direct resuscitation. We have recently invested in the most advanced portable ultrasound machine on the market, specifically designed for the emergency department.
Our ultrasound curriculum includes a one-month dedicated ultrasound rotation completed in the first year, performing ultrasounds in the both the pediatric and adult emergency departments, supervised by our ultrasound fellowship-trained emergency medicine faculty. Our longitudinal curriculum includes monthly scheduled ultrasound scanning shifts and 6-9 systems-focused ultrasound workshops incorporated into weekly didactics.
In addition to the standard U.S. curriculum, our fellows who choose to become ultrasound medical directors or academic leaders in the field of pediatric emergency ultrasound have the opportunity to complete a 12-month fellowship in conjunction with the ultrasound section of the adult emergency department.
Our emergency department has 24-hour-access to in-house ultrasound technologists and radiologists. This significantly decreases the time to diagnosis and risks associated with exposure to radiation for a host of pathologies including appendicitis, pyloric stenosis, intussusception, obstructive nephrolithiasis, etc.