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Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Program

Our Mission: To provide emergency medicine and critical care providers both National and International the education and training in using emergency ultrasonography to maximize the efficiency and safety in caring for their patients. To advance emergency ultrasonography with the application of rigorous clinical research methods.

Ultrasound imaging enhances the physician's ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat emergency department patients. Because ultrasound imaging is often time-dependent in the acutely ill or injured patient, the emergency physician is in an ideal position to use this technology to advance patient care.

Highlights:

  • EDUCATION: Annual 2-day, 16-hour Hands On Ultrasound Course for incoming interns and multiple ultrasound conferences and hands on learning opportunities covering a basic and advanced curriculum in emergency ultrasound.
  • PATIENT CARE: SonoSite M-Turbo ultrasound machines with director review of all bedside ultrasounds performed in the ED and a commitment to continuous quality improvement.
  • RESEARCH: Multiple ongoing clinical emergency ultrasonography research studies involving Columbia University and Weill Cornell pre-medical students, medical students, nurses, residents and attending physicians.

Focused ultrasound examinations provide immediate information and can answer specific questions about the patient's physical condition. The American College of Physicians (ACEP) and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) believe that ultrasound imaging is within the scope of practice of emergency physicians and endorses training in bedside emergency ultrasound within residency training.

The New York-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency puts a strong emphasis on ultrasound training throughout the four-year program. Residents receive ultrasound instruction through lectures and extensive hands-on training and feedback of ultrasound scans. By the time of graduation, residents will have completed an extensive curriculum covering all basic and many advanced applications in emergency bedside ultrasound as outlined by published ACEP training guidelines. Completion of this curriculum will lead to a letter of successful emergency ultrasound training that can be used by graduates for credentialing at the hospitals of their future employment. Weekly learning and hands on ultrasound scanning opportunities are available for medical students, nurses, residents and attending physicians.

Annual NYP Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Course

The New York-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine Residency Program hosts an Annual Emergency Ultrasound 2-day, 16-hour course held in the new Columbia University Medical Center medical library multimedia center. Lecturers include faculty from both Columbia and Weill-Cornell Emergency Medicine. Participants include new EM interns, residents, fellows, nurses and faculty from Columbia and Weill-Cornell. Morning lectures are complemented by extensive afternoon small group ultrasound workshops. The workshops utilize live models as well as patients from the Medical Center with varying pathologies. Residents and faculty are instructed in multiple approaches including trauma/extended FAST exam, hepatobiliary, OB/GYN, echocardiography, renal, abdominal aorta, vascular/DVT, procedural and soft tissue/musculoskeletal ultrasound. The program is an annual event each June prior to the start of clinical practice for the incoming EM residency class.


NYP Emergency Ultrasonography Curriculum: Education, Patient Care & Research


Faculty

David Riley, MD, MSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSK
Director of Emergency & Critical Care Ultrasonography & Ultrasound Research
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
dr499@columbia.edu

Sophia Lin, MD, RDMS
Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasonography-Weill/Cornell Campus Ultrasound Director
Director of Pediatric Emergency Ultrasonography-Weill/Cornell Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine & Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill-Cornell Medical Center

David Kessler, MD, MSc, RDMS
CHONY-Director of Pediatric Emergency Ultrasonography & Ultrasound Research
Pediatric Emergency Department
Children's Hospital of New York

Lorraine Ng, MD, RDMS
CHONY-Pediatric Emergency Ultrasonography Fellowship Director
Pediatric Emergency Department
Children's Hospital of New York

Dana Sacco, MD, RDMS
Assistant Director of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Michael Asaly, MD
Assistant Director of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill-Cornell Medical Center – NYP Lower Manhattan Hospital

Olabiyi Akala, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Biren Bhatt, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

David Bodnar, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Lindsey Chaudoin, MD
CHONY-Pediatric Emergency Ultrasonography Fellowship Faculty
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Pediatric Emergency Department
Children's Hospital of New York

Judith Dattaro, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill-Cornell Medical Center

Rishi Goyal, MD, PhD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Veronica Hlibczuk, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Mary Mulcare, MD
Instructor of Emergency Ultrasonography
Assistant NYP Emergency Medicine Residency Director
Geriatrics EM Group Faculty & Assistant Professor of Medicine
Weill-Cornell Medical Center

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