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Welcome to the Hennepin County Medical Center Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship.
The HCMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program was established in 1972. We started using point-of-care emergency ultrasound in 1985, and authored some of the first publications describing how emergency physicians can use point-of-care ultrasound to improve patient care (Plummer, et al). Now, nearly 30 years later, our department has a robust emergency ultrasound program with full departmental and institutional support. We perform nearly every type of ultrasound exam imaginable. In 2014 we added 28 new ultrasound machines to our ED (see program resources).
We have five faculty who are ultrasound experts. Rob Reardon and Scott Joing have numerous ultrasound publications and are editors of the third edition of Ma & Mateer's Emergency Ultrasound textbook (2014). Dave Plummer was one of the first authors and teachers of emergency ultrasound in the United States, and still works full-time in our department. Bill Heegaard in an active member of WINFOCUS and has published several studies on pre-hospital emergency ultrasound. Andy Laudenbach completed an ultrasound fellowship at NY Methodist Hospital and was hired as a full-time faculty in the summer of 2012.
Our goal is to train fellows who want to pursue an academic career and become leaders in emergency medicine, to continue the legacy that our department started more than 20 years ago.