Ultrasound–Primary Care

Ultrasound Fellowship Educational Experience

The fellowship is twelve months in length, beginning on July 1 of each academic year. Our curriculum includes:


  • Develop expertise in those inpatient and outpatient applications of ultrasound relevant to the fellow's primary care specialty:
  • Vascular ultrasound
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Obstetrics and gynecology ultrasound
  • Lung ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Emergency Medicine ultrasound
  • Echocardiography
  • Ultrasound-guided procedures


  • Develop presentation skills in classroom, small group, and bedside settings
  • Learn process for development of web-based learning modules with Fellowship Faculty and Production Manager in USC SOM Office of Media Resources
  • Learn preceptor skills in USC School of Medicine Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum (i-USC®) for medical students
  • Develop curricula and presentation skills for resident ultrasound training in the respective primary care specialty

Scholarly Activities

  • Develop and implement outcome measures for educational programs
  • Develop and implement a research project for applications of laptop and/or hand-held ultrasound units in the fellow's specialty
  • Develop skills for evaluation and presentation of research results.
  • Develop knowledge of processes for IRB review, grant proposal submission, and journal-specific publication

Responsibilities: Ultrasound Examinations

  • Perform a minimum of 100 reviewed studies in each of at least three specialty-specific procedures ( minimum total of 300)
  • Use USC SOM Ultrasound Institute portal system to send studies for review

Responsibilities: American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

  • Establish knowledge and skills in physics and instrumentation
  • Perform procedures recommended by the ARDMS certification
  • Abdomen
  • One other area of choice

Responsibilities: Education

  • Plan and conduct one presentation for the M1 or M2 ultrasound curriculum
  • Aid faculty in conduct of OSCEs for medical student ultrasound curriculum
  • Develop one ultrasound learning module that is accessible through the USC School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute web site
  • Plan and implement at least one M1 or M2 scan lab for the integrated Ultrasound Curriculum
  • Develop, document, and implement at least one training module with didactic and scan lab components for the residents in the fellow's primary care specialty

Responsibilities: Research

  • Participate in process for completion and submittal of one grant proposal
  • Participate in process for completion and submittal of one Human Subjects Application to the IRB prior to conduct of research
  • Publish at a minimum one peer-reviewed article as the lead author

Responsibilities: Resources

  • Faculty and staff expertise at the USC SOM Ultrasound Institute and the respective primary care departments to assist fellow's completion of clinical, education, and research responsibilities
  • Ultrasound Institute equipped with teaching classroom, four scanning labs, ultrasound laptop and hand held units for clinical, education, and research use
  • Funding for CME activities and attendance at ultrasound-related meetings