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Two Fellows Performing Critical Care Transesophageal Echo

Critical Care Ultrasound

Indiana University School of Medicine’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is committed to providing world-class education and training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Our Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) program equips fellows with essential skills and provides the opportunity to achieve ultrasound expertise. Our curriculum is designed to meet the National Board of Echocardiography standards and prepare learners to take the Examination of Special Competence in Critical Care Echocardiography.

Core Ultrasound Competencies

Our fellowship program focuses on six core ultrasound competencies:

Focused Cardiac Echo

  • Global assessment of cardiac function

  • Evaluation for the presence of pericardial fluid

  • Identification of cardiac anatomic structures

Advanced Cardiac Echo

  • Use of color and spectral Doppler

  • Evaluation and measurement of right ventricular systolic pressure and right ventricular function

  • Evaluation and measurement of LVOT VTI, stroke volume, and cardiac output

Vascular Ultrasonography

  • Use of ultrasound to establish ultrasound guidance in establishing vascular access

  • Evaluation of lower extremity deep venous system to diagnose venous thromboembolism.

Abdominal and Thoracic Scanning

  • Identification of abnormal fluid collections in the torso

  • Use of ultrasound guidance for sampling ascites, pleural, and other fluid collections

Lung Ultrasound

  • Identification of pleural effusion, pneumothorax, and increased lung water

Critical Care Transesophageal Echo

  • Upper esophageal, mid-esophageal and transgastric views

  • Aorta

  • Transesophageal lung ultrasound 

Fellows Core Ultrasound Competencies
Fellow Core Ultrasound Competencies
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Weekly quizzes 

Join our fellows and take our weekly quiz.

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Faculty and Fellow Core Ultrasound Competencies

POCUS lecture series

Watch a lecture on lower extremity POCUS DVT examination. 

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Certification Opportunities

Upon completion of our program, fellows can pursue certification in two key areas:

  • American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography: Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer (RDCS)

  • National Board of Echocardiography: Board Certification by the National Board of Echocardiography CCEXAM