Ultrasound

The UCLA-Affiliated Clinical 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 UCLA-Affiliated CUS offers a distinctive combination of county and quaternary care settings through FOUR unique sites. 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.

Institutions


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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.

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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.

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Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a public safety net hospital serving the two million residents living in the Southbay area, located at the southeast 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 Olive View-UCLA. Residents at the Harbor-UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program spend a majority of their training at HUCLA. the hospital has 570 beds, while the 25,000 square foot Emergency Department (built 2012) with 90 beds and multiple designations (Level 1 trauma center, level 2 peds trauma center, Peds critical care center, Perinatal center, STEMI center, Disaster Resource Center, LGBTQ+ friendly center).

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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.

Curriculum


Educational Objectives

  • To prepare our fellows to become successful leaders in clinical emergency medicine ultrasonography by providing comprehensive training, academic mentorship, and abundant opportunities for faculty development in a variety of clinical settings, all supported by university (UCLA) resources. To uphold the highest standards of practice, education, and academic investigation in clinical ultrasonography for the betterment of our patients, trainees, and medical specialty.

Experience

UCLA-Affiliated Clinical Ultrasound Fellows:

  • Are academic faculty of two stellar Emergency Medicine residencies (Harbor-UCLA and UCLA Ronald Reagan/Olive View) and for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

  • Learn from 7 core POCUS faculty, with a wide range of interests, experience, and ongoing projects.

  • Pursue a subsidized Masters program or advanced fellowship at UCLA (most commonly in research, medical education, public policy or public health).

  • Learn to become leaders in our subspecialty through practice (our scans affects clinical decisions and are loaded directly into PACS), teaching (including bedside, conferences/meetings, and simulation sessions), administration (e.g. weekly QA/QI, machine maintenance), program development (e.g. at the VA Hospital, or the TEE program at Harbor), and clinical investigation (of your choice!), while being mentored by national leaders in POCUS.

Clinical

  • Fellows work average of 8 clinical shifts per month (shifts 7-9 hours in duration).

Program Faculty


Core (all fellowship trained):

  • Y. Teresa Liu, MD: Program Director
  • Zahir Basrai, MD: APD of Wellness & Compliance
  • Alan Chiem, MD: APD of Education
  • Timothy Jang, MD: APD of Administration and Board Preparation
  • Jackie Shibata, MD: APD of Research & Advanced Degree Engagement
  • Manpreet Singh, MD: APD of Recruitment & Social Media
  • Dan Weingrow, DO: APD of Quality Assurance & EMR

Supporting:

  • Kareem Agunbiade, MD: US fellowship trained
  • Lilly Bellman, MD: PEM & US fellowship trained
  • Jonathan Birnbaum, MD: Practice pathway
  • Sheetal Khiyani, MD: PEM & US fellowship trained
  • George Lim, MD: US & Critical Care fellowship trained
  • Amir Tabibnia, MD: US fellowship trained
  • Eleanor Oakley, MD: US & Toxicology fellowship trained
  • Mike Peterson, MD: US fellowship trained

 

Stipends & Benefits


  • UCLA employee with health (medical, dental, disability) and retirement benefits

  • Competitive annual salary

  • Subsidized support for Master's program

  • CME allowance

  • Four weeks of vacation

Apply


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
achiem@mednet.ucla.edu

Y. Teresa Liu, MD
Fellowship Director
YLiu4@dhs.lacounty.gov

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
Aubrey Ferguson, MD 2020-2022

Fellowship Alumni

Kareem Agunbiade, MD 2020-2021
Will White, MD 2019-2021 (PEM/US)
Amir Tabibnia, MD 2019-2020
Lilly Bellman, MD 2017-2020 (PEM/US)
Sheetal Khiyani-Bharadwaj, MD 2017-2020 (PEM/US)
Jackie Shibata, MD 2016-2018
Andrea Takemoto, MD 2017-2018
Caleb Canders, MD 2016-2017
George Lim, MD 2015-2016
Manpreet Singh, MD 2015-2016
Stephanie Tseeng, MD 2014-2015
Eleanor Oakley, MD 2013-2015
Pablo Aguilera, MD 2014-2015
Ricky Amii, MD 2013-2014