EMMD 7512

Bedside Ultrasound


Mary Ann McNeil
Course Coordinator


Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: This 4-week elective will allow students to explore bedside ultrasound using the SonoSim virtual ultrasound program. Included in this program are anatomy and physiology review, clinical simulations, procedural simulations and numerous formative and summative exams which evaluate ultrasound knowledge and image recognition. Students receive a probe kit that attaches to a computer, giving students the opportunity to acquire ultrasound images using the SonoSim program. They will also be mentored throughout the rotation one-on-one with emergency medicine residents from either Hennepin Healthcare, Regions Hospital, and UMMC Fairview. Additionally, students will join EM residents and ultrasound attendings, for a minimum of 9 clinical shifts, performing clinical ultrasounds in the Emergency Departments of Hennepin Healthcare, Regions Hospital, and UMMC Fairview. This is a hands-on course that requires much more than just knowledge obtained from lectures or videos. While actual ultrasound images can be relatively easy to interpret, obtaining them takes skill which takes practice.  Physicians may ultimately obtain similar images but their approach and technique will certainly vary.  Successful teaching is the sharing of these approaches and techniques and general wisdom.  This is best obtained by working clinically with a number of physicians who have mastered point-of-care ultrasound.


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Site Code

Site Name



Hennepin County Medical Center

Regions Hospital

UMMC - East Bank

UMMC - West Bank - East Building

Students will rotate through all sites.

Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-S, varied shifts, including days, evenings and overnights, working directly with physicians, residents and patients

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: 

  • 2022-2023 AY: Arranged for remainder of AY 22-23. Please email course coordinator for permission to schedule.
  • 2023-2024 AY: Open to Student Scheduling.

Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic physics and principles of application
  • Begin developing an ability to acquire standard images and to recognize pathology related to the following core applications:
  • FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma) as it relates to trauma and undifferentiated hypotension
  • Cardiac as it relates to tamponade and gross cardiac function
  • Aorta/AAA as it relates to undifferentiated hypotension
  • Identification of early intrauterine pregnancy via transabdominal sonography
  • Cannulation of blood vessels under ultrasound guidance
  • Become familiar with other common applications such as biliary, urinary tract, deep venous thrombosis of the extremity, soft-tissue/musculoskeletal, thoracic, ocular and procedural guidance
  • Develop an understanding of the limitations of bedside ultrasound

Graded Components: 

  • Clinical Assessment by the attending
  • Online Module Mastery Exams

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel:  Dr. Rob Reardon, Co-Director

Allow repetition of course:  Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

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