Ultrasound Rotation



Mount Sinai School of Medicine Course# EMR 017 4479


Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center Emergency Departments

Faculty: Bret Nelson, MD, RDMS and Danny Duque, MD, RDMS

Contact: Bret Nelson, MD, RDMS (email)

Level: MS-III, MS-IV

This two-week rotation introduces students to bedside ultrasound as it is used in the emergency department. Students will take part in didactics with the directors of emergency ultrasound at Mount Sinai Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Topics will include diagnostic ultrasound of the heart, aorta, kidneys, uterus, gallbladder and trauma exams as utilized by emergency physicians. In addition, topics on procedure guidance using ultrasound (venous access, paracentesis, etc.) will be covered. In addition to didactic time, there will be a significant amount of time devoted to hands-on scanning sessions where the techniques of bedside diagnostic scanning will be reinforced.

Attendance is expected at all didactic sessions, as well as scheduled scanning sessions. Attendance at the Emergency Medicine resident conference on Wednesday is optional. Evaluations are based on clinical performance, written examination and a case write-up illustrating the use of bedside ultrasound in a clinical scenario.

The recommended text for the course is Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound, 2nd Edition, by Noble and Nelson. It is available in Levy Library (call number WN 208 N752 2011).

Credit Hours: 2 weeks


  1. Understand the indications for bedside ultrasound as employed in the emergency department
  2. Become familiar with the acquisition of bedside diagnostic ultrasound images
  3. Become familiar with the use of ultrasound to guide common bedside procedures


Emergency Medicine Electives for MS-III and MS-IV students