Ultrasound Fellowship

University of Utah Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

The University of Utah is a fascinating and dynamic work environment in a level 1 trauma center and regional tertiary referral center, attracting patients from 7 surrounding states. Our emergency department delivers cutting edge care to 50,000 patients per year, and ultrasound is at the heart of that quality care. This makes our ultrasound fellows a vital part of our team.

An Ultrasound Fellow will acquire competency with all of the applications recommended in ACEP guidelines as well gain the knowledge and experience to become an expert in the application of echocardiography to the critically ill patient. Taking the National Board of Echocardiography’s Critical Care Echocardiography Examination is a requirement during your fellowship and will set you apart as uniquely qualified in your future career as an ultrasound guided resuscitationist. You will also spend dedicated time in the OR performing transesophageal echocardiograms as well as time in the echo lab learning how to interpret comprehensive echos. This prepares you to take an active role in our ED ECMO program and perform TEE’s for cardiac arrests and guide ECMO cannula placement.

Learning occurs best by teaching, and you’ll have plenty of teaching opportunities during your fellowship year. You will give several ultrasound themed lectures at our weekly EM resident conference throughout the year. Ultrasound fellows and faculty lead weekly ultrasound scanning shifts in the emergency department for both residents and medical students as well as take part in teaching the medical school’s ultrasound curriculum.

Ultrasound fellows participate in multiple conferences throughout the year.  Fellows attend ACEP’s ultrasound management course in order to prepare you for running an ultrasound program. We also partner with Castlefest ultrasound conference where you will help teach as well as take advantage of the world class collection of ultrasound lecturers (i.e. Noble, Stone, Fox, to name a few) that show up in Versailles, KY for this unique experience every year. Other conferences include Developing EM, SMACC, AIUM.

An academic project is also required during your fellowship year. Ongoing research areas include prehospital portable ultrasound use, point of care echo validation studies, ultrasound in pulmonary embolism, cardiac arrest ultrasound, and ED ECMO. Have your own research project idea? We have the resources to bring your idea to fruition. The University of Utah has a freely available Study Design and Biostatistics Center that our fellows are encouraged to utilize.

As an ultrasound division, we also have loads of fun. We partner with the anesthesia echo fellowship quarterly to have an echo dinner, where we gather to nerd out and share our coolest echo cases of the past few months. Also, our ultrasound division ski day is guaranteed to have better snow than any other program in the country.


Who are the ultrasound trained faculty?
Patrick Ockerse, MD
Emergency Ultrasound Director

James Fair MD, FASE, FACEP
Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director

What do I get paid as a fellow?
$100,000 base salary plus $10,000 CME plus an additional 14% put into a retirement account.

What are my clinical responsibilities?
Fellows work 8 shifts per month split between 3 locations: University of Utah Main Hosptial ED, University of Utah South Jordan ED, and Sweetwater Memorial ED in Rock Springs, WY.

Have prior fellows been successful?
(not a full list, but here’s a few examples)

  • Mike Mallin, MD
    St. Charles Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Director

  • Matt Dawson, MD
    University of Kentucky Ultrasound Director

  • Mike Hart, MD
    Salt Lake Regional Ultrasound Director

  • Matt Lipton, MD
    Ultrasound Faculty Vanderbilt University

  • Phil Craven, MD
    Ultrasound Director Sweetwater Memorial Hospital

  • Elizabeth Rutter, MD
    Ultrasound Director Mountain West Hospital and VA Salt Lake

  • Brian Galovic, MD
    Ultrasound Researcher Intermountain Medical Center

  • Patrick Ockerse, MD
    Ultrasound Director University of Utah

  • James Fair, MD
    Ultrasound Fellowship Director University of Utah

How many ultrasound machines do you have?
4 Mindray TE7’s, 1 Mindray M9, 2 TEE probes

I’m sold! How do I apply?



Contact James Fair at James.Fair@hsc.utah.edu