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Ultrasound Fellowship

To Apply:

Please contact the fellowship director:

Amir Aminlari, MD
UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr. #8676
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 543-6463

Maeve-Anne (Mae) Malong
Fellowship Coordinator
(619) 543-4627

The UCSD Emergency Medicine Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship was established in 2010. Each year we look to accept one to two fellows. All applicants must be board certified in Emergency Medicine.


The goals of the UCSD US fellowship are very similar to guidelines put forth by SAEM.

During the fellowship we expect the following of our fellow:

  • A minimum of 800 scans are logged during the fellowship year
  • Two research projects are approved through the IRB and started during the fellowship.
  • Complete one QA project in the department involving ultrasound
  • Give at least three lectures to the Emergency Department in ultrasound.
  • Give at least three ultrasound lectures to medical students rotating in emergency ultrasound and participate in the practical hands-on training of medical students.
  • Complete 2 ultrasound scanning shifts in the department (pediatric or adult, or trauma) per week.
  • The fellow will attend one national meeting during the fellowship.
  • The fellow has the option to sit for RDMS examination upon completion of the ultrasound fellowship


UCSD Medical Center is an urban teaching hospital in San Diego, California. All services are offered in the hospital, including a Level 1 Trauma Center, Burn Center, transplant services, medical/surgical and pediatric specialties. It is located in the area of Hillcrest, close to downtown San Diego. The UCSD Jacobs Medical Center is in La Jolla. It has an actively growing oncologic service through the Moore’s Cancer center as well as cardiac and vascular-related service through the Sculpizio Cardiovascular Center. Expansion of this site is ongoing with the new Jacobs Medical Center currently under construction. Our combined department's bed capacity is 58 with a total of 71K visits a year. Hillcrest has 24 hour emergency resident coverage. Residents work during the day at Jacobs along with two attending physicians. All facilities have at least one newer ultrasound machine (Zonare, while in the Hillcrest Emergency Department there are two.

Fellow Responsibilities


The fellow will be responsible for a large amount of teaching of medical students rotating in Emergency Ultrasound. This will be both in clinical and didactic sessions. Additionally the fellow will be actively involved in didactic teaching and hands-on courses involving emergency residents, as well as with our new School of Medicine second year ultrasound curriculum. We are also constantly exploring international opportunities for teaching, with prior trips to Mozambique, Nepal, and Mexico.


There are US conferences given 6 times per year to Emergency faculty and residents during the year. The fellow will be expected to give two of these lectures. Additionally,the fellow will be actively involved in teaching faculty conferences once or twice a year.

Quality Assurance

QA will be lead by the fellow four times a month and attended by at least one ultrasound faculty, and all rotating residents and medical students. All scans done in the ED will be reviewed in video clip format. QA sessions will involve saving interesting scans for future didactics and feedback to residents, medical students and faculty regarding their scans.

The fellow will complete one quality assurance project during fellowship to improve upon the practice, organization or teaching of emergency ultrasound.

Journal Club

During each QA session the fellow is expected to review and critique articles chosen by the medical students and residents rotating with the division.

Scanning shifts

The fellow will do scanning shifts at UCSD Jacobs Medical Center and Hillcrest Medical Center. We are also looking at the possibility of expanding to the Rady Children's Hospital and VA Medical Center. During scanning shifts the fellow will provide active teaching to medical students, residents and faculty in the emergency department during the shift.

Billing and Credentialing

The fellow will learn the details of billing of emergency ultrasound. At completion of the year the fellow will be knowledgeable in the credentialing process of emergency ultrasound.

Clinical Shifts

Fellows with a background in Emergency Medicine are expected to maintain their primary board skills in the ED. Opportunities are available at both UC San Diego Health sites, Rady Children’s Hospital, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.


The fellow is responsible for designing an ultrasound study and getting it approved through the Institutional Research Board to be ready to start at the beginning of fellowship. Additionally, the fellow is required to submit an abstract to a national convention. During the fellowship year the goal is to start two research projects under the guidance of the ultrasound faculty.


Full benefits including medical and dental will be provided by UCSD during the fellowship. Four weeks of vacation are available during the fellowship. All conferences at which the fellow presents research will be paid for by the Emergency Department.

Faculty Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Fellowship recruitment timeline?

Recruitment for the following academic year opens in the Spring and applications will be accepted through September. Applicants should submit their applicants packets to the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships page at the following link: Interviews will be scheduled with candidates starting in the summer and will run through the end of October. The Emergency Ultrasound Faculty will make their final candidate selections by the end of December.

What is the Duration of the Fellowship?

The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a one-year program.

How many fellows will be accepted?

We expect to be able to offer slots for 2 candidates per year.

What are the requirements for eligibility?

Fellows must be board-eligible in emergency medicine. Although the primary training site is UC San Diego Health, rotations are also offered at Rady Children’s Hospital, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Diego, Western Health Institute, and El Centro Regional Medical Center.

Does the fellowship program accept international applicants?

International medical graduates are eligible to apply to the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship if they are US Board eligible in emergency medicine and graduated from an ACGME accredited residency program. For more information about the application process for international medical graduates, click here.