The UCLA Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is a two-year fellowship open to graduates of four-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine residencies. One position is available each year.

The fellowship offers a distinctive combination of county and quaternary care settings. It affords its fellows the opportunity to work with ultrasound in a setting of limited resources for a medically underserved community, as well as the luxury of state-of-the-art technology and facilities to develop cutting edge ultrasound skills. The fellowship involves education and instruction in the development of an ultrasound program, research experience, and a variety of teaching opportunities at the hospitals and within the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

The mission of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop motivated emergency physicians into clinicians, educators and researchers with ultrasound expertise. Our major strengths are in advanced echocardiography, critical care, and medical education. Fellows lead bedside ultrasound sessions with emergency medicine and off-service residents, medical students, and attending physicians. In addition, there are opportunities to lecture on ultrasound topics at residency conferences, regional conferences, and abroad.

Please visit www.uclaemultrasound.org to learn more about our curriculum.



Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (RRMC) is located at the southern end of the beautiful UCLA campus in Westwood. It is a state-of-the-art 520 bed academic medical center that offers a full range of medical and surgical services from primary to sub-specialty care. The one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure encompasses the operations of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA and the Mattel Children's Hospital. UCLA is consistently rated in the top 10 medical centers in the country by US News and World Report. The 41-bed Emergency Department treats 52,000 patients per year and serves as a Level 1 Trauma center, as well as Comprehensive Stroke, STEMI, and Pediatric Critical Care center.


Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View-UCLA Medical Center is a public safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the San Fernando Valley, located at the northern section of Los Angeles County. OV-UCLA is a major teaching affiliate of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA with medical students, residents, and fellows spending a significant portion of their training at OV-UCLA. Residents of the UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend 50% of their training at OV-UCLA. The hospital has 377 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department, which was built in 2011, has 51 beds. The ED census is roughly 60,000 patients per year. The majority of patients are working poor, immigrants, and/or primarily Spanish-speaking.


West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

West LA VA Medical Center (VAMC) is part of the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, and affiliated with UCLA.  The full service ED is staffed by full-time emergency physicians with UCLA faculty appointments, and provides supervision and medical education for UCLA residents of multiple specialties as well as medical students from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


Educational Objectives

  • To become an expert sonographer. The Fellow will develop skills in image acquisition and interpretation of general point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) applications, as well as in select advanced applications.
  • To become an expert teacher. The Fellow will develop the ability to teach ultrasound to faculty colleagues, residents, and medical students on weekly scan shifts as well as at local and national conferences. In addition, the Fellow will work clinically and supervise residents as an attending physician in the emergency departments at the UCLA hospitals.
  • To become a researcher in POCUS. The Fellow will develop expertise in the POCUS literature through journal clubs and the development of presentations and manuscripts. In addition, the Fellow will develop and implement a research project during the fellowship year.
  • To become a director of ultrasound. The Fellow will gain valuable experience and insight into running ultrasound programs at both hospitals.


  • Focused on Advanced Echocardiography and Medical Education/Simulation
  • Strong collaboration with critical care, hospital medicine, surgery, and radiology
  • Extensive involvement with the medical school (DGSOM) curriculum
  • Formal training in research and education available via part-time fellowships as well as Masters programs through UCLA


  • Fellows work 8 clinical shifts per month.

Program Faculty

  • Alan Chiem, MD:Fellowship Director
  • Daniel Weingrow, DO:Fellowship Co-Director
  • Caleb Canders, MD:Ultrasound Faculty
  • Daniela Morato, MD:Ultrasound Faculty
  • Jackie Shibata, MD:Ultrasound Faculty
  • George Lim, MD:Ultrasound Faculty

Stipends & Benefits

  • UCLA employee with health and retirement benefits
  • Approximate annual salary of $100,000
  • Tuition support for Master's program
  • $2,000 CME allowance
  • Four weeks of vacation


More information regarding the Fellowship, along with details about the application process, can be found on the EUS Fellowship website.

Please contact us for further questions.

Alan Chiem, MD
Fellowship Director

Daniel Weingrow, DO
Fellowship Co-Director

Interviews will be granted to qualified applicants by invitation.

Applicant Requirements

  • Graduation from a 4-year ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine Residency training program.
  • Eligible to obtain a California Medical License.

Current Fellows

Erica Kiemele-Giss, MD 2021-2022

Fellowship Alumni

Kareem Agunbiade, MD 2020-2021
Amir Tabibnia, MD 2019-2020
Andrea Takemoto, MD 2017-2018
Caleb Canders, MD 2016-2017
George Lim, MD 2015-2016
Stephanie Tseeng, MD 2014-2015
Pablo Aguilera, MD 2014-2015
Ricky Amii, MD 2013-2014