Emergency Ultrasound Elective EMD 850C

Medical students are instructed in basic ultrasound techniques at the beginning of their elective in the Emergency Department. During the elective month, they have an opportunity to interact with Emergency Ultrasound faculty and gain additional experience in point-of-care ultrasound. Interested students also are welcome to participate in ongoing research within the ultrasound division of the Emergency Department, if the opportunity is available. See some great ultrasound resource links here. View syllabus here.


  • Fourth-year standing. (UArizona students only).
  • Must have completed one emergency medicine elective.
  • Students must register for the course at least one month in advance.


Over the four-week period students will complete:

  • Orientation and Pre-test to assess knowledge of emergency ultrasound.
  • 14 scanning shifts with ultrasound faculty or fellows.
  • 120 bedside ultrasound exams to be performed while on scanning shifts.
  • 5 hours of attendance at ultrasound educational events, e.g. resident orientation, conference lectures, faculty workshops, hands-on sessions for residents, ultrasound journal club, ICU ultrasound rounds.
  • 4 QA sessions with ultrasound faculty to review scans and discuss cases.
  • Read chapters and complete quizzes for each module in Arizona D2L. Complete final examination in D2L.


In addition to lectures, podcasts, online modules, and hands-on experience in multiple settings, students will be introduced to following basic bedside ultrasound examinations: gallbladder, aorta, cardiac, renal, endovaginal, procedural guidance including vascular access, sonography for trauma, deep venous thrombosis evaluation.

By the end of the course, students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles and clinical role of point-of-care emergency ultrasound.
  • Recognize the indications for point-of-care emergency ultrasound.
  • Identify common pathologic findings.
  • Perform the basic bedside ultrasound examinations.
  • Be familiar with the research and literature on point-of-care emergency ultrasound.