Ultrasound Visiting Physician Program

A customized course covering all basic applications in Point-of-Care Ultrasound, with options to cover more advanced applications based on skill level and comfort.

The course is a mixture of lectures and hands-on teaching with ultrasound fellowship trained faculty on standardized patients, phantom models, and top-of-the-line simulation trainers in our state-of-the-art Li Ka Shing Simulation Center.

Laptop-based simulators and online didactics provide additional learning, as do high-yield quality-assurance image review sessions where faculty discuss all studies performed in the Stanford Emergency Department.


Upon completion, participants will be able to:

1) Demonstrate the ability to properly operate an ultrasound machine and make adjustments to obtain optimal image quality.

2) Acquire ultrasound images in point-of-care evaluation of Cardiac Echo, IVC, Lung, abdominal aorta, renal, gallbladder, trans-abdominal and trans-vaginal pelvis, bladder volume, deep venous thrombosis, soft tissues.

3) Acquire ultrasound images used to determine injuries in the Extended - Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma exam.

4) Use ultrasound to facilitate the intravascular placement of peripheral and central IV catheters

5) Optional: To perform more advanced US guided procedures such as paracentesis, thoracentesis, pericardiocentesis, arthrocentesis, Lumbar Puncture, Foreign body removal, Incision and Drain of Abscesses, Peri-tonsilar abscess, Peripheral Nerve Blocks


Program length: 2 to 8 weeks

Open to: Attending or post-graduate level physician in any medical specialty; international applications accepted

Cost: $5,000 for 2 weeks and $10,000 for 4 weeks

Location: Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto CA


Please contact Dr. Viveta Lobo vlobo@stanford.edu

All applicants subject to background, credential, letter of support from department chair, and immunization checks prior to final approval. All applicants will be required to complete online health modules, HIPAA, and other training modules prior to start. Please apply 4-5 months prior to desired start date. Payment must be received 1 month prior to start date.

Sample Schedule of Course

(Customized to applicant’s level and interest)

Day 1

8a-10a:        Lecture

                        Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound

                        Physics & Fundamentals of Ultrasound, “Knobology”

                        US guided peripheral and central venous access

10a-12p:     Hands on Workshop

                        Basics of using machine (Probe placement/Orientation, “the dot”, Knobs)

                        US guided Peripheral IV access practice on gel models and phantom model

                        US guided Central IV access practice on phantom model

12p-1p:       Lunch provided

1p-4p:          Lecture & Hands on Workshop – Abdominal & Pelvic US (w/ Standardized Patient)

                        Abdominal Aorta



                        Trans-abdominal and Trans-vaginal Pelvis (using Phantom model)

                        Bladder volume


Day 2

8a-9a:          Review of Abdominal Ultrasound

9a-12p:       Lecture & Hands on Workshop – Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular (w/ Standardized Patient)

                       Cardiac    Echo including EPSS and Fractional Shortening assessment

                                              IVC and Volume Assessment


                                             Deep Venous Thrombosis

12p-1p:       Lunch provided

1p-4p:          Sonosim Cases (Laptop based training module)


Day 3

9a-10a:        Review of Cardiac, Thoracic, Vascular Ultrasound

10a-12p:     Lecture & Hands on Workshop – EFAST (w/ Standardized Patient)

12p-1p:       Lecture & Hands on Workshop – Procedures (w/ Phantom trainers)

1p-4p:          Soft Tissue evaluation: Cellulitis vs Abscess, US guided IND



                        Lumbar Puncture


Day 4

9a-10a:        US “Quality Assurance” Day with faculty & US fellow

10a-4p:        Lecture: current US topic and literature

                        US Quality & Assurance (Lunch provided)

                        Review all US images acquired by staff, and critique quality and interpretation. Learn basics of implementing a US program within a department or division including: archiving images, logging images, billing and feedback processes.


Day 5

9a-10a:         Review E-FAST

10a-12p:      Case based review of US applications

12p-5p:        Open time for any desired review, questions, practice.

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