Theodore A. Christopher, MD, FACEP
Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine
The educational goals of the fellowship begin with competence in all core applications of emergency ultrasound. The fellow will be expected to complete 1000 technically adequate scans with at least 25 scans in each application. Additional training will be provided in non-core applications. Concurrent with training in technique and interpretation will be the development of the fellow as an ultrasound instructor. Under the guidance of the fellowship director the fellow will develop and deliver lectures and lab sessions in emergency ultrasound to medical students, residents, and faculty.
Additional educational goals will include opportunity for research and development. There will be a requirement of at least one ultrasound project the results of which will either be presented at an academic meeting or published in an academic journal. Other educational goals may be developed based on the fellow's interests. In particular there will be opportunity to travel abroad to explore the use of bedside ultrasound in austere clinical environments.
Throughout the entire year the fellow will continuously improve ultrasound technique and interpretation. This will be heavily emphasized during the beginning of the year. The fellow will play a heavy roll in training residents with dedicated bedside instructional time. Additionally the fellow will determine a project and submit it to the IRB during this period.
Continued development of sonographic skill and technique with emphasis placed on the fellow's development as an instructor. The fellow will be expected to deliver didactic talks, lab sessions, and lead video review.
During the third quarter, practical aspects of ultrasound program development and maintenance will be taught. Ultrasound physics will be reviewed at a detailed level and material commonly tested on the ARDMS exam will be covered.
Continued development of ultrasound technique with focus in non-core applications. Completion of academic project and submission to academic conference or journal.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: Competitive salary including benefits
CME Funds: Approximately $3800 ($1800 for travel)
Number of Clinical Hours: 18/hours week x 47 weeks, total 846 hours
(Ultrasound & Teaching)
Dedicated Scanning Shifts: 8-10 hours every other week (minimum)
20 hours per month of hands -on teaching of residents or faculty
Weekly Video Review (3-5 hours)
Compliance with ACEP Guidelines (Fellowship Minimum Criteria for Graduation)
We offer additional training to the ultrasound fellow in the area of global health. With an active emergency medicine Global Health Fellowship at Jefferson, the ultrasound fellow will be able to do a rotation in global health including travel to our partner clinic in Sierra Leone training health care workers in bedside ultrasound.
The fellow will serve as a clinical instructor and clinical time will be divided between Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Methodist Hospital. These are the same institutions where faculty and residents from the TJUH Department of Emergency Medicine provide clinical coverage.
About the Faculty
J. Matt Fields, MD, Fellowship Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Dr. Fields attended Boston University College of Medicine followed by an Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Pennsylvania where he was chief resident. He completed an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and has since served as the ultrasound fellowship director and associate ultrasound director at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. In 2010, he completed the clinical research certificate track from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Dr. Fields has presented his work nationally and has authored many articles with specific interests in inferior vena cava, musculoskeletal, and procedural ultrasound.
Bon Ku, MD, MPP, Ultrasound Director
Dr. Ku has been the ultrasound director at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital since 2006. He completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center (where he was chief resident) followed by an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ku is also the co-director of the Global Health Fellowship at Jefferson. In 2009, he received a Masters of Public Policy at the Woodrow Wilson College of Public Health and International Affairs at Princeton University where he specialized in the policy field of Development Studies and received a certificate in Health and Health Policy . In 2010, Dr. Ku founded Good Works, a non-profit organization that enables people to invest their time and resources in global health needs.