Emergency Ultrasound Clerkship

Arun Nagdev, MD
Director of Emergency Ultrasound
The Highland Hospital emergency ultrasound rotation offers medical students and interns the opportunity to learn how to integrate point-of-care ultrasound within the management of patients in the emergency department setting. Learning will primarily occur at the bedside, with the expectation that students/interns will spend the majority of the rotation performing ultrasound scans on patients within the Emergency Department. Weekly educational conferences will complement bedside teaching and provide an opportunity to learn how to critically analyze scientific articles. Asynchronous learning is encouraged. Highland Hospital was one of the pioneers in the use of point-of-care ultrasound and continues to push the boundaries of point-of-care ultrasound in the emergency care setting. We are excited to share our passion for emergency ultrasound and look forward to working with medical students.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Develop competence in basic image acquisition and interpretation 
  • Recognize the clinical indications for emergency ultrasound  
  • Recognize the procedural indications for emergency ultrasound 
  • Gain experience in performing critical analysis of medical research 


  • Attend ultrasound scanning shifts (typically 4-5 scanning shifts per week)
  • Attend weekly Emergency Medicine Residency Conference
  • Attend weekly Ultrasound Journal Club & Quality Assurance Meeting


The rotation is offered in four-week blocks that coincide with the UCSF academic calendar (http://meded.ucsf.edu/ume/electives-calendar). The rotation can accommodate two students per month. Positions are filled on a first-come first-served basis, and at the discretion of the Director of Emergency Ultrasound

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Our medical student education coordinator is Idella Watts at iwatts@alamedahealthsystem.org