Ultrasound Elective

Emergency Medicine Ultrasound



Deborah Kimball, MD
Clinical Instructor
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Elective (EMED 308A)

For information about the EMED 308A elective and to reserve your rotation, please contact Dr. Deborah Kimball at drdeb@stanford.edu. It is recommended to reserve 3 months in advance. 

Viveta Lobo, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Emergency Ultrasound Elective (EMED 216)


The US elective is for medical students and residents of all specialties. 

The main purpose of the elective is to learn, practice, and review all applications for emergency US. This is done by attending our weekly US scanning shifts, US QA review, and US lectures/workshops (See the US Calendar for times/dates). You will also come to scan independently in the ED while one of the US faculty are on shift for supervision. You will attend the weekly EM Resident Core Curriculum to continue to learn emergency medicine. By the end of the 2 week elective you will have performed enough studies to satisfy Level 1 credentialing according to ACEP (see attachment below). There is an option to do a 4 week elective if approved by our schedule. 

For those visiting Stanford, please visit the site below stating the checklists for all visiting staff. We sign Stanford's Affiliation Agreement. We do provide a Letter of Completion and complete the evaluation forms from your institution. Visiting clinical medical students and residents will need to bring your ID badge from your institution. Parking/Lodging is arranged by you. 

You will also find the Goals and Objectives for the elective as well as the most updated ACEP Guidelines for emergency ultrasound attached below for you to peruse through. A test is also attached for additional learning (answers will be reviewed at the end of the elective upon your request). 

We hope you enjoy the elective!

EMED 216

This elective is for undergraduate and medical students offered only in Winter quarter.

Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has become increasingly utilized and useful in multiple medical specialties, with emergency medicine in the forefront of its use. This course is designed to introduce POCUS to the preclinical medical student, and provide more in-depth and hands-on familiarity with POCUS for a variety of modalities.

These skills will better equip students to use these techniques right at the bedside of any patient in any acute setting with greater facility and confidence. It will enhance patient diagnosis and management, procedural guidance, and patient satisfaction. It may even save a life! Primary emphasis will be on developing competent technical skills to enhance image acquisition and interpretation. The applications as defined by the American College of Emergency Medicine will be the main focus.

Applications taught will include eFAST, thoracic, renal, RUQ, aorta, limited ECHO and IVC, first trimester pelvic, DVT, orbital, MSK. During the hands-on session, students will serve as model volunteers to be scanned, as well as scan their peers. Students will also have the optional opportunity to participate in scan shifts in the main emergency department when POCUS EM faculty perform scan rounds. Students will have access and be expected to participate in online and computer based learning that will be provided for them as well.

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