Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship


Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship


Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, California began a new Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship in July 2015. Fellows have the opportunity to work in San Diego’s highest volume emergency department, with over 100k annual visits.

In the dynamic field of Emergency Medicine, the quest for newer technology that is faster, less expensive, and less harmful has made emergency ultrasound a necessity to all providers of emergency medicine. The emergency ultrasound (EUS) fellowship at Kaiser Permanente in San Diego brings together this imaging modality to a health system that specializes in providing smart and cost-effective medicine.
Emergency ultrasound faculty includes 5 fellowship-trained faculty. Equipment includes 10 Zonare machines, 6 Vscans, 2 SiteRites, numerous simulation models, TEE capabilities and Qpath E to facilitate credentialing and quality assurance. Fellows will be expected to work 2 clinical shifts and 2 scanning shifts per week. Additional responsibilities will include bedside teaching, didactic presentations, and participation in ultrasound courses for the faculty, emergency medicine residents and rotating medical students. Additionally, there will be opportunities to teach within Kaiser Permanente and regionally.

Number of fellows: One to two fellows/year
Salary: $90,000/year
Moonlighting opportunities: Yes, plenty
Vacation: 4 weeks

The fellowship is designed to provide expertise in ultrasound, teach advanced techniques, and provide the skills for the fellow to later establish their own ultrasound division, fellowship or international EUS course.

  • Gain expertise on the topics of basic and advanced emergency ultrasound
  • Discuss and analyze past scans reviewed weekly
  • Analyze the current literature in journal club and regional EUS conference with local EUS faculty and fellows
  • Participate in teaching of EUS to medical students, residents and staff
  • Provide hands-on instruction at courses locally and regionally
  • Design and execute a research project in the field of emergency ultrasound
Fellowship curriculum:
Initially the curriculum will be designed to provide advancement of basic ultrasound skills learned throughout residency. This will be done through lectures and scan review with EUS faculty. Additionally there will be EUS journal club including joint conferences with Naval Medical Center and UCSD EUS fellowships.
The art of teaching ultrasound is one of the most important skills taught during the fellowship. This will be done through involvement in didactics as well as participating in hands-on and bedside teaching. Later in the fellowship, program development and management will be learned through didactics, scan review and involvement in managing the ultrasound program.

Evaluation will be done formally by the fellowship director three times throughout the fellowship. Curriculum review will be done throughout the year to tailor the program to the areas of interest and needs of the fellow. QA of acquired images will be done weekly.

Application process:
Applications will be accepted in form of the following:
  • CV
  • Letter of interest/personal statement
  • 2-3 Letters of recommendation
These can be submitted through eusfellowships.com or to the fellowship director directly at [email protected]. Response should be expected within 48-72 hours of submission.

Ultrasound Faculty:

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Dasia Esener, MD

Residency: Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center

Fellowship: Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center


Matt Fields, MD

Residency: University of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: University of Pennsylvania

Jon Mau, MD

Residency: North Shore Hospital

Fellowship: North Shore Hospital


Ken Perry, MD

Residency: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Fellowship: New York Hospital Queens/Cornell University


Part Time Faculty:

Peter McCorkell, MD

Residency: New York Medical College/Methodist Hospital

Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente San Diego



Current Fellows:


Lindsey Ball, MD

Residency: York Hospital


Bryan Dalla Betta, DO

Residency: Tufts University/Baystate Medical Center


Prior Fellows:


Khahn Cao, MD

Fellowship Year: 2016-2017

Residency: Eastern Carolina University

Current Hospital: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center


Peter McCorkell, MD

Fellowship Year: 2016-2017

Residency: New York Medical College/Methodist Hospital

Current Hospital: Kaiser Permanente San Diego

Eugene Kang, MD

Fellowship Year: 2015-2016

Residency: SUNY Downstate

Current Hospital: Hoag Hospital – Irvine

For further questions and application information, contact:
Dasia Esener, MD
Fellowship Director
[email protected]
Kito Bryant
Program Administrator
[email protected]
(619) 528-5164