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Emergency Ultrasound

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

UCSF Emergency Ultrasound is presented by the Department of Emergency Medicine School of Medicine University of California, San Francisco. This introduction to emergency ultrasound gives the participant an opportunity to learn studies for both diagnostic purposes and procedural guidance. This activity is now available on multimedia formats to fit your schedule and preparation preference.

CREDITS Earn up to 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
CE RELEASE July 1, 2011
CE EXPIRE June 30, 2014
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Program Information

Ultrasound is established as an essential tool in treating the critically ill patient. Current literature supports its use displaying decreased wait times, expedited diagnosis and treatment, and improved patient outcomes. Since initial implementation, the use of emergency ultrasound has grown rapidly to include studies for both diagnostic purposes and procedural guidance. Diagnostic emergency ultrasound is an established tool in the evaluation of biliary disease, aortic aneurysm, ectopic pregnancy, cardiac pathology, sepsis, pneumothorax, hemothorax, and the evaluation of the trauma patient for free fluid in the abdomen. Procedural ultrasound has been shown to increase success and decrease complications of paracentesis, pericardiocentesis, central and peripheral venous cannulation, and abscess incision and drainage. In addition to the established uses of ultrasound in the emergency setting, new indications continue to emerge. Participants in this activity will receive an introduction to emergency ultrasound. The faculty are experts in the field of emergency ultrasound with a wide range of experience and clinical practice. Didactic sessions focus on concise, useful information, images, and video. Most importantly, participants will have the opportunity to learn under the guidance of experienced faculty and sonographers.

Intended Audience

Our target audience is emergency physicians, critical care specialists, family practitioners, surgeons, physician's assistants, mid-level providers, and residents.

Topics & Speakers

  • Physics/Knobology
    Martine Sargeant, MD
    Robert Reardon, MD
  • Aorta/Renal
    Justin Davis, MD, MPH
  • Hepatobiliary
    Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD, FAAEM
  • Ultrasound Guided Procedures
  • Deep Venous Thrombosis
    Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA
  • Cardiac and IVC
    Arun Nagdev, MD
  • Central and Peripheral Venous Access
  • Advanced Cardiac
    Gavin Budhram, MD, RDMS
  • Pelvic
    Michael B. Stone, MD, RDMS
  • Rapid Ultrasound for Shock/Hypotension
    Rimon Bengiamin, MD
  • Ocular Ultrasound
    Jennifer Carnell, MD




Rimon Bengiamin, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of Emergency Ultrasound, UCSF Fresno


Brian Chinnock, MD, RDMS
Associate Clinical Professor of Emergency Medicine; Director of Coding/Billing, UCSF Fresno

Carolyn Chooljian, MD
Clinical Professor of Emergency; Medicine Director of Emergency Ultrasound, UCSF Fresno

Warren Wiechmann, MD, MBA
Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine, UCSF Fresno


Gavin Budhram, MD, RDMS
Director of Emergency Ultrasound; Director, Emergency Ultrasonography Fellowship; Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University, Springfield, MA

Jennifer Carnell, MD
Assistant Professor; Co-Director of Emergency Ultrasound, Ben Taub General Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Justin Davis, MD, MPH
Emergency Physician, Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, Oakland, CA

Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD, FAAEM
Associate Director, Emergency Ultrasound; Co-Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship, Stanford University Medical Center, Division of Emergency Medicine Department of Surgery, Stanford, CA

Arun Nagdev, MD
Director, Emergency Ultrasound, Highland General Hospital; Assistant Professor UCSF, School of Medicine, Oakland, CA

Robert Reardon, MD
Ultrasound Director, Department of Emergency Medicine Hennepin County Medical Center; Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Martine Sargent, MD
Ultrasound Director and Assistant Professor, UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital & Trauma Center, San Francisco, CA

Michael B. Stone, MD, RDMS
Department of Emergency Medicine, ACMC - Highland General Hospital, Oakland, CA



After viewing this program, participants should be able to:
  • List the standard views or “windows” for each of the six primary areas of emergency ultrasound - trauma, aorta, biliary, cardiac, pelvic, and procedural applications
  • Accurately interpret point of care ultrasounds
  • Demonstrate an ability to acquire the standard views or “windows” for each of the six primary areas of emergency ultrasound



The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


UCSF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 9.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Series Release: July 1, 2011. Series Expiration: June 30, 2014.
CME Credit registration forms must be submitted prior to series expiration date.