Ultrasound Rotation

The Emergency Medicine Residency Core Ultrasound rotation is a 4 week block consisting of the following instructional methods.

  • Lectures from our fellowship-trained faculty
  • Supervised scanning sessions in the Center for Clinical Ultrasound
  • Education and Emergency Department
  • Independent scanning sessions
  • Weekly QA and journal club


During the rotation, residents will develop a broad understanding of point-of-care ultrasound and its applications both in the emergency setting and in a variety of critical care and other bedside environments. As emergency physicians, we have the privilege and pleasure of managing the emergent presentations of all other specialties. Thus as emergency sonographers, we strive for proficiency in all manner of bedside ultrasound applications. During this rotation, residents will learn obstetric, orthopedic, renal, cardiac, trauma, and procedural ultrasound as well as a variety of other novel techniques and applications of point-of-care ultrasound.

Course Faculty

The instructors, Drs. Craig Sisson, Christopher Gelabert, and Jessica Solis-McCarthy, for this elective are fellowship trained in Emergency Ultrasound with extensive experience utilizing bedside ultrasound in their clinical practice. The Faculty Director for this course is also one of the Co-Discipline Directors for the UTSOMSA Longitudinal Medical Student Ultrasound (LMSU) Curriculum.

PGY-1 Rotation Key Objectives

Intern Orientation to Emergency Ultrasound: Two days of intern orientation are dedicated to an introduction to UT Health San Antonio Emergency Medicine Residency ultrasound training requirements, UT Health San Antonio Center of Emergency Medicine ultrasound policies and procedures, equipment, knobology, image acquisition, image optimization, image storage requirements and a core application overview.

PGY-1 Required Ultrasound Rotation: 2 weeks dedicated ultrasound block during intern year.

Didactic session for each core ultrasound application

  • Ultrasound in Trauma
  • Procedural Ultrasound
  • Biliary Ultrasound
  • Aortic and Inferior Vena Caval Ultrasound
  • Bedside Echocardiography
  • Pelvic Ultrasound (Identification of Pregnancy)
  • Soft Tissue Ultrasound
  • Genital and Urinary Tract Ultrasound
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Ocular Ultrasound
  • Thoracic Ultrasound\Airway

PGY-3 Senior Ultrasound Elective: 4 Week Advanced Ultrasound Elective

Introduction to expanded ultrasound applications