Ultrasound–Primary Care

Program Overview

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine Ultrasound Institute and Prisma Health Richland Hospital have been leaders and partners in the integration of ultrasound in medical education and the development of clinical applications of ultrasound since 2005.

The mission of the Primary Care Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop physicians in the specialties of internal medicine, family medicine, and pediatrics who have the expertise to use ultrasound at the point-of-care in outpatient and inpatient settings, who can conduct research in ultrasound applications in primary care, and can educate medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. Fellows will spend approximately 20 percent of their time practicing their specialty within their respective department and 80 percent of their time in clinical training in the use of ultrasound, teaching in the medical student and residency ultrasound curricula, and scholarly activity related to ultrasound research and publications. Working closely with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, the curriculum provides fellows with opportunities to learn from practicing clinicians and educators in vascular, abdominal, emergency medicine, lung, obstetrics, gynecology, and musculoskeletal ultrasound, echocardiography, and ultrasound-guided procedures.

Fellows will develop their teaching skills through presentations and bed side teaching to medical students, residents, and practicing physicians. In the role of educator, the fellow will participate actively in implementation and further development of the Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum (i-USC®) at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.

To achieve these goals, the fellowship offers the following:

  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Valuable support from the Ultrasound Institute, the primary care departments and the hospital
  • Access to laptop and handheld ultrasound units
  • Nationally recognized leaders in ultrasound in medical education
  • Competitive compensation and benefits
  • Opportunities to attend national and international programs with exposure to leaders in primary care ultrasound