Point of care ultrasound is now a core competency for both emergency medicine training and practice. This fellowship is a 1-year curriculum designed to train emergency physicians to be leaders in point of care ultrasound in Canada. Fellows will develop expertise in sonography, teaching, research, and administration.
The fellowship is a multi-site program based at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), St Paul’s Hospital (SPH), and Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). VGH is a level one trauma center and the primary regional referral center for British Columbia with emergency department volumes of over 85,000 visits per year. VGH is also the home base for UBC’s highly successful Royal College emergency medicine program. SPH is a busy, inner city, acute care hospital in the heart of downtown Vancouver with emergency department volumes of 80,000 visits per year. It is also the main hospital site for UBC’s CCFP-EM program. RCH is a level one trauma center and the main referral center for the Fraser Valley. With 68,000 emergency department visits per year, it functions as a tertiary care center but maintains the feel of a community hospital. It also hosts the Fraser Site of UBC’s Royal College emergency medicine program.
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- Sonography: Fellows will become expert sonographers in basic and advanced emergency ultrasound applications. They will do 2 scanning shifts per week in the emergency department, and scans will subsequently be reviewed by teaching faculty on a weekly basis. Fellows are expected to complete at least 800 ultrasound scans over the course of the fellowship.
- Teaching: Teaching is an essential component of the program. Fellows will provide bedside ultrasound teaching as well as didactic teaching to emergency medicine residents and medical students. There will be opportunities to participate in ultrasound courses both locally and nationally.
- Research: Fellows will prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review.
- Administration: Fellows will learn how to develop and direct an ultrasound program, including physician credentialing, continuing quality improvement, and the intricacies of inter-specialty relations pertaining to ultrasound.
- Demonstrated interest in emergency ultrasound
- Resident in a Canadian Royal College emergency medicine program or board-certified emergency medicine physician (either FRCPC-EM or CCFP-EM certification)
- Hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in British Columbia as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
- Hold or be eligible for appropriate medical liability insurance by the Canadian Medical Protective Association
Submission deadline for applications is November 1st to start the fellowship in the following academic year. All applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by phone.
Daniel Kim, MD FRCPC
Ultrasound Fellowship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of British Columbia