Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Current Education Programs

The education facility consists of two classrooms, a media center, a conference room, a video learning center, a library and offices for education personnel. In addition to these dedicated teaching facilities, students utilize the division of diagnostic ultrasound's clinical facilities in the evening for practical, hands-on training in the use of ultrasound equipment.

The Institute's education staff includes a manager, education coordinator, technical coordinator, media specialist and secretary. Along with the physicians and technical staff, these individuals produce more than 50 continuing medical education courses at Jefferson each year.

Learning Resources

A key achievement of the Institute's programs has been an increase in learning opportunities for students beyond the parameters of scheduled lecture hours. For example, recording of lectures and demonstrations for future reference allows students to learn at a pace best suited for them and their particular learning style. Copies of the lectures are made and placed in a resource library. Students may view or review the lectures at any time. The resource library currently houses more than 3,000 hours of lectures and demonstrations on all aspects of diagnostic ultrasound as well as radiology.

In addition to the learning materials, the latest medical journals and textbooks are available for independent study through the education center. Likewise, an extensive and continually updated teaching file is on hand for review. This material is made available seven days a week.

Continuing Medical Education Courses

Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses offered by the Institute and the department of radiology vary in structure and length according to subject. Most courses last 2-4 days and are designed to provide a comprehensive overview of a single specialty area in ultrasound. Expert national and international guest speakers in diagnostic ultrasound, along with the physician and technical staff of the Institute, present the lectures and demonstrations. The yearly scheduled courses include OB/Gyn Core, Limited Ob, Vascular Core, Vascular Interpretation, Musculoskeletal, Abdomen, Fetal Echocardiography.  Physicians and Sonographers from this country and other nations regularly attend Jefferson's CME-approved programs to refresh their knowledge or as an introduction to a new subspecialty area within ultrasound.

The Leading Edge Program

In addition to the regularly scheduled CME programs, there is an annual conference, The Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound. This three-day program provides participants with a detailed update and review of the latest developments in ultrasound and features a wide range of minicourses that focus on subspecialty areas of practice. Initially begun in 1980 as a local program, "The Leading Edge in Diagnostic Ultrasound" is now widely regarded as a national program and draws over 1,000 participants and manufacturer exhibitors from throughout the United States and the world.

College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University

The Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University offers a fully accredited undergraduate degree program in Radiologic Sciences . Levon Nazarian, MD, director of the ultrasound institute, professor of radiology, vice chair for education. Laurence Needleman, MD, associate professor of radiology, director for division of ultrasound. Charles Intenzo, MD, is medical director and associate professor for the Nuclear Medicine Program. Vijay M. Rao, MD is Professor and Chair Department of Radiology.

Faculty from the institute also teach in the college.

Visiting Fellowships

The visiting fellowship program provides physicians with a flexible, self-directed learning experience. Attesting to Jefferson's worldwide reputation in ultrasound, fellows come to Jefferson from medical centers in the United States and more than 40 other countries to learn from our experts. The department of radiology also sponsors a variety of visiting fellowship programs in other subspecialties of the field.

Academic visiting fellows have access to all courses and learning resources within the Institute education facility. In addition, clinical fellows round out their training and enhance their knowledge by attending ultrasound image interpretation sessions and observing radiologists perform ultrasound procedures.

A large and well-organized teaching file of ultrasound cases is available to visiting fellows for independent review and study. Many visiting fellows leave Jefferson with the necessary DVD's and notes to develop effective ultrasound teaching programs in their own institutions. In some cases these programs have become affiliated with the Institute, which provides new educational materials in their native language, if possible, on an ongoing basis.

China-American Ultrasound Scholar Training Program (CAUSTP)

Between Beijing Medical Ultrasound Association and  the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute.

Beijing Medical Ultrasound Association (BMUA) wishes to expand and promote ultrasound international academic exchanges and medical ultrasound career development for Chinese ultrasound doctors and scholars. With collaboration and agreement with the Jefferson Ultrasound Research and Education Institute (JUREI), the China-American ultrasound scholar training program will be established under the leadership of BMUA. The purpose of the program is to establish an international exchange and training platform for ultrasound doctors and scholars, to improve the level of medical ultrasound practice, and to promote the development of Chinese medical ultrasound.

The program objectives include:

  1. To select outstanding ultrasound doctors and scholars and assist them to find host institutes or hospitals abroad for their continuing medical education and research training.
  2. To establish an international academic exchange platform and channel for international cooperation and joint research projects, as well as both domestic and international academic communication activities.
  3. To provide information and consulting services for international academic exchange activities.
  4. To organize and coordinate international academic conferences or special symposium for promoting North America and China ultrasound exchange activities.

As a non-profit training and academic exchange program, CAUSTP will work with organizations and applicants to develop funding sources including the following:

  1. Scholarships funded by governments, academic institutions, and hospitals.
  2. Training grants from all levels of government.
  3. Education and training funds provided by industry and other commercial organizations.

The program is managed by a program committee. Co-Directors of the program are Prof. Wang Jinrui and Prof. Liu Jibin, and Co-deputy Directors are Prof. Jiang Yuxin and Prof. Tang Jie, and Secretary-Generals are Prof. Qian Linxue and Prof. Li Junlai. The program committee members include: Wang Jinrui, Tang Jie, Jiang Yuxin, Li Zhian, Chen Minhua, Liu Jibin (US), Tian Zhiyun (US), Gao Jing (USA), Deng Xuedong, Duan Yunyou, Luo Yan, Chang Cai, Cui Ligang, Dai Qing, He Wen, Jin Qing, Mu Yuming, Qian Linxue, Tian Jiawei, Xie Mingxing, Xie Xiaoyan, Yang Bin, Ye Yuquan, Yuan Jianjun, Zheng Rongqin, Zhao Hongjia, Zhou Xiaodong, Wu Changjun, Dong Xiaoqiu, Yang Lixia, Zhan Weiwei, Xu Di, Hu Bin, Wang Xuemei, Huang Pingtong, Yan Kun, Wang Shumin, etc.

The ultrasound scholar candidate should have at least five-years of ultrasound clinical work experience and a Masters degree, and a good knowledge of English.  The ability to communicate in written and spoken English is critical.

Available program elements will include: A. short-term scholarship program (1-3 months), B. mid-term scholarship program (6 months), C. long-term scholarship program (12 months), and D. Special Advanced Ultrasound Symposium (14 days).

The content of the program will include hot-topic ultrasound lectures, research review and discussion, and interactive learning as well as culture exchanging activities. For detail information about the various types of the program, please contact the secretary of the program at 13011016660 or

Office of International Exchange Services

Thomas Jefferson University sets a high priority on the exchange of ideas and information related to patient care, education and research with members of the international medical community. To facilitate such a task, the University provides support services to international visitors through the Office of International Exchange Services. This office works closely with Institute staff on issues such as immigration and visa requirements, housing and orientation for international visitors and guests.