Our ultrasound faculty are committed to educating the next generation of clinicians in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), ongoing research, and improving the care of patients.

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What is pocus?

POCUS is a clinician-performed, bedside ultrasound that is limited, goal-directed and focused. POCUS answers clinical questions in order to guide patient care.

Emergency Ultrasound at UW

We use next-generation devices such as Mindray, SonoSite, and Philips in our emergency departments. Ultrasound faculty utilize handheld devices and advanced simulation models for education and training. EM faculty lead POCUS courses throughout the UW School of Medicine for students, residents, fellows, faculty, nursing, and advanced practice providers.

Ultrasound faculty conduct cutting-edge research in partnership with other medical specialties, the UW School of Engineering, and local industry sponsors to develop novel devices and prototypes that expand the possibilities of POCUS. Current research projects include critical resuscitation in cardiac arrest and trauma, advanced lung monitoring devices, novel applications for mobile ultrasound units in prehospital care, novel treatment approaches for nephrolithiasis, and advanced procedural guidance. 

UW & searhc collaboration

The Department of Emergency Medicine's section of Ultrasound has partnered with the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) to help bring point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) technology to remote areas of Alaska.

Dr. Sarah Gartner recently visited Alaska to help teach providers how to use Butterfly iQ. Read more about her work here.


EDUCATION Initiatives

Advanced Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography Fellowship

This program offers you the ability to learn new and advanced ultrasound techniques, participate in innovative research, and develop your teaching skills, all while working within the University of Washington WWAMI system. This WWAMI region encompasses 5 states (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) that covers nearly one-quarter of the U.S. landmass.


Resident Ultrasound Pathway

The emergency ultrasound pathway is designed for residents interested in pursuing more advanced training in Emergency Ultrasound (EUS) beyond the standard training in EUS provided during the UW EM residency.  It is targeted towards residents strongly considering fellowship training in EUS, and/or a career in EUS.