Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is a nationally recognized academic medical center with an integrated enterprise including educational and research facilities, hospitals, clinics, diagnostic centers, and other primary and specialty care facilities serving 24 counties in northwest North Carolina and southwest Virginia. The Wake Forest School of Medicine is recognized as one of America’s best graduate schools and directs the education of nearly 2,500 students, residents and fellows including physicians, basic scientists and allied clinical professionals.

The Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency program at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the oldest EM residency program in the Southeast and one of the first programs in the country, in continuous operation and fully accredited since 1974.

This one-year training program focuses on developing the teaching and program-management skills of emergency physicians interested in an academic or community emergency medicine career focused on the clinical use of point-of-care ultrasound. The primary setting is our tertiary referral hospital that is the center of a six-hospital regional health system. Our emergency department faculty staff these emergency departments, as well as more than seven others throughout our region, all with point-of-care ultrasound programs.

Why train at Wake Forest?

  • Wireless archival of fellow studies with 100 percent undergoing quality assurance review for feedback
  • Bedside scanning sessions with fellowship faculty 
  • Collaboration with a productive research division and guidance from fellowship faculty in the development of an academic project
  • Extensive medical student teaching opportunities through the integrated MSI/MSII ultrasound curriculum and the MSIII/MSIV elective rotation
  • Hospital-wide collaboration through the POCUS committee and participation in joint ultrasound training sessions with the departments of anesthesiology, internal medicine, family medicine, critical care, neurology, pediatrics, neonatology and surgery
  • Advanced training in musculoskeletal ultrasound, critical care ultrasound and transesophageal echo through collaborative efforts with other departments
  • Competitive salary, CME support and funding for national conference attendance

Program Goals

Our goal is to train highly motivated point-of-care ultrasound educators and researchers, who will graduate with the expertise necessary to fulfill their future teaching and administrative responsibilities in any clinical care setting. We hope to provide our fellows with a superior educational experience customized through hands-on guidance at the bedside, didactics, structured asynchronous learning, abundant teaching opportunities, and mentorship customized to the fellow’s needs. 

Our fellows will graduate with a comprehensive understanding of:

  • Advanced ultrasound applications
  • Effective bedside instruction of ultrasound
  • Appropriate performance of image review and quality assurance
  • Billing for ultrasound examinations with appropriate documentation
  • Compliance with IT Security and infection control standards
  • Creation of high-quality educational content
  • How to successfully formulate and answer a research question