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Emergency Ultrasonography Medical Student Elective

Course Overview:

We offer senior medical students the opportunity to learn the important skill of bedside emergency ultrasound through a comprehensive month long course based in the Emergency Department at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Two students a month will be paired directly with the ultrasound faculty for an optimal learning experience.

Course Content:

Students will learn the traditional 6 approaches used in emergency ultrasound. These include trauma / FAST, gallbladder, kidney, cardiac, aorta and OB/GYN. In addition, students will have the opportunity to learn advanced applications like soft tissue/musculoskeletal, procedural, ocular, DVT and testicular ultrasound. Emphasis will be placed on intensive hands on bedside learning.

Course Goals:

By the end of the course, students will have learned skills in bedside emergency ultrasound that they can incorporate into their clinical care for their entire careers in clinical medicine. Students will assemble a book of interesting ultrasound images from patients seen in the emergency department complete with text explaining the case and how bedside ultrasound advanced the clinical care rendered. This book will serve as a type of visual thesis that students can refer back to during their future training.

Course Coordinator:

David Riley, MD, MSc, RDMS, RDCS, RVT, RMSK
Director of Emergency Ultrasonography & Ultrasound Research
Attending Physician - Emergency Department
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center

Course Contact: Please contact Megan Reilly at (212) 746-0892
or E mail at
Two students accepted per month.
Course Offered Through Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Free Online Ultrasound Education on the Web:

To take advantage of free online ultrasound education to complement the ultrasound elective, go to:

To Apply:

For Columbia students, please log into OASIS directly to review the course information and register.

Visiting Medical Students please see the following site: to register for a Visiting Student Account specifically.

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