ultrasound fellowship

Length of Training

The fellowship will be twelve (12) months in length.

Program Description

Our state-of-the art emergency department has 6 dedicated ultrasound machines

  • Sonosite Turbo
  • Sonosite MicroMaxx
  • Sonosite Titan, Sonosite 180
  • Sonosite i-look
  • GE Logiq 5 Expert.

USF Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship

The fellow will work clinically as an attending in the emergency department and will be responsible for working 20 clinical hours per week. This time will be divided between Tampa General Hospital and Brandon Regional Hospital. Responsibilities will include the teaching of residents, fourth year medical students, and third year medical students from the University of South Florida. The fellow will spend an additional 20 hours per week scanning and working closely with the fellowship director as well as various physicians and sonographers in the departments of obstetrics, radiology and cardiology. The fellow will be responsible for teaching residents, medical students, and other attending physicians. One hundred percent of the fellow's non-clinical shifts will be spent at TGH learning emergency ultrasonography under the fellowship director as well as various physicians and sonographers in the departments of obstetrics, radiology and cardiology.

The fellow will be trained in the six primary emergency ultrasound applications (ECHO, gallbladder, kidneys, aorta, 1st trimester pregnancy, FAST) and other secondary applications (DVT, procedural guidance, ocular, musculoskeletal, and foreign body removal). The fellow will be expected to complete a minimum of 800 examinations and sit for the ARDMS examination at the end of the fellowship. The fellowship director reviews the fellow's ultrasound images and provides feedback. Images are stored digitally and can also be recorded in a VHS format.

One research project is to be completed during the fellowship. Case reports, photo quizzes, and text book chapters are not eligible to satisfy this requirement. All projects must be approved through the USF IRB. An IRB application may require several revisions and therefore may take several months to be approved. For this reason the fellow should plan on meeting with the fellowship director several months prior to starting the fellowship so that a project may be formulated and submitted to the IRB prior to the beginning of the fellowship. It is required that an abstract be submitted for consideration to either ACEP's Scientific Assembly, SAEM's Annual Meeting, or AIUM's Annual Convention during the fellowship.

Upon completion of training the fellow will receive a certificate of fellowship training from the University of South Florida.

Hospital Description

Photo of Tampa General Hospital

Tampa General Hospital (TGH) is a large tertiary care center and level 1 trauma center residing on the west coast of Florida. The 77 bed emergency department has a volume of over 70,000 patient visits per year. The patient population is diverse and offers wide ranging pathology with high-acuity. There are approximately 1500 Trauma alert resuscitations per year. A new state-of-the-art emergency department and trauma center opened in November 2007.


Photo of Brandon Regional Hospital

Brandon Regional Hospital is a community hospital located 12 miles east of TGH. It has a 45 bed emergency department plus Fast Track. Annual volume is 70,000 with care in the ED provided by emergency physicians and physician assistants.


Applicant Qualifications

All applicants must have graduated from an ACGME accredited emergency medicine residency and be board-certified or board-eligible with the American Board of Emergency Medicine. In addition, the applicant must qualify for Florida Medical Licensure. Applicants must complete a TEAM Health employment application and submit three letters of recommendation for training. One of these letters must be from the applicant's residency program director.


We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Fellowship Director

The fellowship director is Charlotte Derr, MD, RDMS. Dr. Derr obtained her RDMS in abdominal ultrasound in 2002 while completing her emergency medicine residency training at Maricopa Medical Center. Dr Derr has taught ultrasound courses throughout the United States with Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute and internationally through the University of South Florida.