The University of Wisconsin is pleased to sponsor a one-year advanced emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship training program.
Our program aims to not only to train expert sonographers, but also leaders in point-of-care ultrasound education, administration, research, and global health applications. As a fellow, you will have the opportunity to engage in quality assurance for the entire Emergency Department, to provide bedside and large group didactic education for medical students and residents, and to spearhead an independent research project tailored to your specific interests.
As point-of-care ultrasound becomes more pervasive throughout the house of medicine, our section has forged strong ties with other specialties to enhance fellow education and maintain our position as champions of point-of-care ultrasound throughout the hospital.
The Advanced Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin is accredited by the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC).
Graduates from EUFAC-accredited programs can sit for the Focused Practice Designation (FPD) exam through the American Board of Emergency Medicine.
Available Positions: 1-2
Program Length: 1 year
Start Date: July 1, 2023
NRMP Match: Yes
Appointment: Clinical Instructor
Clinical Hours: Avg. 4.5 shifts/month
Program Details & Resources
- Independent scanning of at least 1,000 technically adequate scans during the year of training, as well as 20 hours/month of 1:1 bedside teaching with students, residents, and faculty
- Supporting weekly, two-hour quality assurance sessions with residents/students. Every scan performed by faculty and learners is reviewed for QA purposes through QpathE.
- Delivering lectures on ultrasound topics, developing resident and faculty skills during dedicated scanning shifts, and participating in formal hands-on ultrasound teaching sessions at the school of medicine and public health
- Completing curriculum related to ultrasound credentialing, billing and coding
- Attending the Department of Emergency Medicine’s new Fellow orientation and curriculum series
- Develop a scholarly or research project or advance an ongoing UW project
- Participate in quarterly ultrasound division meetings
State of the Art Ultrasound Resources
4 Sonosite Edges
2 Sonosite M-Turbos
1 Sonosite PX
1 Sonosite S-series
1 Philips Sparq
3 Philips Lumify probes (on helicopters)
All ultrasound images are exported wirelessly and stored digitally via QpathE. We have three state-of-the-art, high-fidelity ultrasound simulators (Sonosim, SonoMan, and Heartworks), with procedural TTE, TEE, transvaginal and abdominal capabilities.
The fellow will also assist in medical student, resident, and other clinical healthcare provider hands-on training activities at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Center, a 7,500 sq. ft. newly renovated clinical simulation facility at University Hospital that is staffed by a dedicated team of knowledgeable simulation educators.
- Robust mentoring and feedback, including regular contact with the fellowship director and program faculty
- Opportunity to engage in ultrasound teaching and research internationally in Guatemala or Uganda
- Opportunity to pick up flight medicine shifts with UW Health Med Flight, our premier critical care transport and retrieval service
- Opportunity to develop content for the Division’s educational website and Twitter and/or to learn more about video and podcast production
- Sponsorship to attend national conferences such as ACEP, SCUF, AIUM, SAEM, and/or the Wisconsin chapter of ACEP
- Very competitive salary and benefits along with ample CME funds to further enhance and tailor the educational experience to individual needs and interests
With five ultrasound fellowship-trained faculty and most department faculty having ultrasound privileges, we create a clinical environment that encourages the use of ultrasound in clinical practice. Our ultrasounds are not just for education, either, but can be uploaded into a patient’s chart for utilization by other medical professionals. Our ultrasound faculty have a wide breadth of interests, and provide unique mentorship opportunities for fellows with diverse interests, including ultrasound program management, global health, medical education, research and prehospital ultrasound.
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Sara Damewood, MD — Fellowship Director
Sara Damewood, MD
Division Chief, Emergency Ultrasound
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Damewood oversees all aspects of DEM ultrasound operations and education for all levels of learners. Under her leadership, significant advances in archiving and reviewing clinical ultrasound images have led to improved ED patient care. She developed a clinical ultrasound fellowship in 2014, with graduating fellows into academic faculty and ultrasound leaders in community EDs. She was instrumental in the rollout of ultrasound for UW Health Med Flight providers, and also initiated a longitudinal research project exploring cardiopulmonary ultrasound findings in septic shock, in collaboration with the UW Department of Medicine’s Division of Pulmonary Critical Care. She is currently involved in projects with ultrasound assessing aspiration pneumonia, 3D printing models, and prehospital care.
Nationally, Dr. Damewood is recognized as a leader in the clinical ultrasound community. She served as the co-chair of the ACEP Ultrasound section simulation subcommittee. She has also served as chair of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships program development committee and played a significant role in the development of ultrasound fellowships nationwide. Currently, she is serving as the inaugural chair of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC).
Dr. Damewood’s medical interests include ultrasound simulation, ultrasound competency assessment, and echo in shock states.
Jamie Hess, MD
Dr. Jamie Hess graduated from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and subsequently completed her emergency medicine residency in Massachusetts at Baystate Medical Center. She then pursued a fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. Prior to joining the team at UW, she worked as faculty at the Hennepin County Medical Center, the University of Minnesota Medical Center, and the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Hess joined the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine in 2012 and has served in multiple education leadership roles. She was the Director of Medical Student Education and played a critical role in transitioning Emergency Medicine from an elective to a required component of the ForWard curriculum for all medical students. In 2018, she assumed a leadership role at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health (UW SMPH) as Director for Quality, Patient Safety and Interprofessional Education. She oversees a team of faculty QI coaches in leading quality improvement projects for students at 45 clinics across multiple healthcare systems. She is also currently is the Chair of the UW SMPH Student Promotions and Review Committee.
Dr. Hess also holds several institutional leadership roles at UW Health. These include being the President of UW Medical Foundation, Chair of Council of Faculty, and Vice Chair of the UW Medical Foundation Board of Directors. She is also Secretary/Treasurer of the UW Medical Board.
Dr. Hess works clinically in both the pediatric and adult emergency departments and is part of the core ultrasound faculty. Her medical interests include medical student ultrasound education, global health ultrasound, pediatric ultrasound and critical care ultrasound.
Hani Kuttab, MD
Dr. Kuttab joins the ultrasound faculty at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine after a one-year fellowship with the department in which he focused on resuscitation in sepsis, ultrasound research, advanced echo applications, and ultrasound in medical education. Having obtained bachelor’s degrees in communication and molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Dr. Kuttab completed his medical degree at Chicago’s Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He continued in Chicago for his residency with the University of Chicago Medical Center, serving as chief resident his third year.
Dr. Kuttab is also a flight physician with UW Health Med Flight, continuing to develop portable ultrasound on UW Health’s aircraft transport with the goal of improving outcomes for trauma patients. Also involved in community care, he is an advocate for health outreach and education in the local community and among underserved populations.
Dr. Kuttab’s medical interests include resuscitation in sepsis, ultrasound research, advanced echo applications, and medical education. He also leads our digital educational initiatives surrounding Madtown Sono and is an editor for the Ultrasound G.E.L. podcast.
Dana Resop, MD
Dr. Dana Resop works as Emergency Medicine faculty in both UW and VA emergency departments as well focusing on resident point-of-care-ultrasound education. Prior to residency, Dr. Resop graduated from the University of Wisconsin where she earned a bachelor of science in animal sciences and went on to earn her Medical Doctorate at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.
After completing her emergency medicine residency and an emergency ultrasound fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, she spent several years working as a community emergency physician and managing a community emergency medicine ultrasound program. Since then, she returned to her alma mater and the BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine full-time to dedicate more academic time to her passion of medical student, resident and fellow education, particularly in point-of-care-ultrasound.
Jessica Schmidt, MD, MPH
Dr. Jessica Schmidt is an associate professor of emergency medicine. She serves as Director of Global Health at the University of Wisconsin Department of Emergency Medicine, as well as Assistant Director of Ultrasound for medical student education. Dr. Schmidt also leads a Global Health Pre-departure Course for all graduate medical education trainees at UW Health.
She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; while in Baltimore, she completed a Masters in Public Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she focused on epidemiology and biostatistics. Dr. Schmidt completed her emergency medicine residency training at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut. She then chose to focus on ultrasound and global health by completing an ultrasound fellowship at Denver Health Medical Center.
Dr. Schmidt is currently partnering with physicians at Mbale Regional Referral Hospital and the Mbale Clinical Research Institute, along with Atlas International, an NGO dedicated to improving health for children in Eastern Africa. The project is focused on creating a training and research program in point-of-care ultrasound in Mbale. Most recently, Dr. Schmidt helped to develop and implement a web-based toolkit to provide education and resources to learners utilizing point-of-care ultrasound in low-resource settings (Global Point of Care Ultrasound: A Technical Guide). She also currently serves as C0-chair for Section of Emergency Ultrasound Global Subcommittee with the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Membership Chair for Global Community of Practice at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
Dr. Schmidt’s academic interests include emergency ultrasound, international medicine and resident education. She has studied, taught or worked in Belgium, Ethiopia, France, Guatemala, Mali, Nepal, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand, and Uganda.
How to Apply
Applications must be submitted through the Society for Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships website. Note: our fellowship program participates in the NRMP Match process.
Candidates must have graduated in good standing from an ACGME-accredited emergency medicine residency program and must be board-certified or board-eligible in emergency medicine.