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Emergency Ultrasound: Imagine a time when you, the emergency physician, could diagnose such life-threatening emergency medical problems as a ruptured abdominal aneurysm, traumatic hemoperitoneum, pericardial effusion, and ectopic pregnancy in seconds. In addition, you could do this without the reliance on other, (often reluctant) consultants who may not have the best interest of the patient or you in mind at the time. That time is now, and ultrasound is how!

Ultrasound will be the medical technology of choice for emergency physicians for a variety of medical conditions in the next decade and beyond. Technological breakthroughs have allowed for greater image resolution with less machine operator skill, thus allowing the individual physician the ability to use this technology to help with patient management. With the same practice and dedication you demonstrated in becoming a member of one of the most popular medical specialties today, you can empower yourself with the ability to utilize this critical technology in the ED.

Participants that will benefit from attending our courses are all practicing emergency physicians, ED directors, and other physicians or physician assistants involved with the care of patients in an emergency department or critical care setting who are not experts in diagnostic ultrasound.

We have assembled a staff of experienced emergency physicians from some of the busiest academic emergency departments in the country to provide ultrasound education to practicing emergency physicians with an interest in expanding their clinical horizon. We offer multiple courses at attractive locations, or we can come to your location and help instruct your entire staff. We also offer a custom consultation service, where we will come to your department, and review your entire ultrasound program, from QA to machine maintenance.

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Ultrasound is an amazing bedside imaging technology that can be used by any clinician. Within minutes of encountering a patient, the clinician can use ultrasound to not only rapidly diagnose or exclude important pathologies, it can dramatically improve the safety and success of procedures.

3rd Rock Ultrasound is committed to providing the best education in the latest bedside ultrasound techniques. Working with the best ultrasound educators in the world, we have presented over 2,000 courses to over 20,000 health care providers in a dozen countries. Our faculty come from diverse backgrounds including emergency medicine, critical care, cardiology, orthopedics, and pediatrics.

Technological innovation in bedside ultrasound is pushing this imaging modality to a universal presence in clinical medicine. Don’t be left out. Learning ultrasound is much easier that you think, and no other company has more experience at helping you make the biggest change you will ever experience in caring for your patients.

We offer multiple courses throughout the year at attractive locations. However, we can also come to your location and help instruct your entire staff.

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Consulting

After training over 1,000 physicians in emergency ultrasound, it has became obvious to us that there is a need for an on-site consulting service. We have developed this service to allow programs to bring in one or more faculty members for 1 to 2 days to review your entire emergency ultrasound program from top to bottom.

We cover everything from credentialing to QA during our stay. We spend time going over your processes and help you implement changes to optimize your program. We will customize this service to meet your needs. Due to the wide range of needs this service is quoted on an individual basis, with cost averaging around $1000 per faculty member per day plus travel and hotel cost. For more information on this service please Contact Us.

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Course Directors

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Thomas Cook, MD

Dr. Cook is the program director for emergency medicine at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina since 2001. He is the founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years.

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Patrick Hunt, MD

Dr. Hunt is the program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. He is the co-founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years. He is a past president of the ultrasound section for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and is the director for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship website (www.eusfellowships.com).

Faculty

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Alyssa Abo, MD

Dr. Alyssa Abo is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship as well as the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC.  She is a leader in the field of pediatric emergency ultrasound and enjoys teaching both nationally and internationally.

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Matthew Ahern, DO

Dr. Ahern completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.  He has lectured extensively on bedside ultrasound for the past decade.

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Ryan Barnes, DO

Dr. Barnes completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at the Medical University of South Carolina.  His academic interests include Echocardiography, Regional Anesthesia, and Musculoskeletal Sonography.

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Thomas Binder, MD

Dr. Binder is a world-renown cardiologist at the Vienna Medical Center in Austria. He has lectured throughout the world on echocardiography and provided ultrasound training to thousands of clinicians through live courses and on-line instruction.

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Gavin Budhram, MD

Dr. Budhram is the Chief of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound at Baystate Medical Center and also directs the emergency ultrasound fellowship.  He is active in EUS research and has been teaching and writing about clinical ultrasound for over ten years.

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Liberty Caroon, RDMS

Ms. Caroon is a highly talented sonographer at M Health, University of Minnesota. She has worked in health care for over twenty three years in a variety of sonography positions. She has considerable experience in the training of health care professionals in emergency medical services, maternal fetal medicine, and clinical ultrasound techniques.

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Jordan Chanler-Berat, MD

Jordan Chanler-Berat is an emergency physician, resident educator, and Director of Emergency Ultrasound at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. He received his fellowship training in emergency ultrasound at Carolinas Medical Center. He is also the founder of a personalized clinical ultrasound training company for physicians called The POCUS Preceptor.

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Zubair Chao, MD

Dr. Chao completed a fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Palmetto Health in 2014. In addition to being involved with ultrasound education, he has an interest in international medicine and has traveled on medical trips to Haiti, India, and China. He is currently in private practice in Dallas, TX.

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Thomas Cook, MD

Dr. Cook is the program director for emergency medicine at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina since 2001. He is the founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years.

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Rob Ferre, MD

Dr. Rob Ferre completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Division Director and Associate Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has taught ultrasound to clinicians across the globe and loves to tell about it. 

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Jim Fiechtl, MD

Dr. Fiechtl is a Sports Medicine Physician working at Vanderbilt Bone and Joint Clinic in Franklin, TN.  Jim obtained his RMSK certification several years ago and has trained fellows and faculty members in musculoskeletal ultrasound.  He enjoys being able to incorporate ultrasound for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes into a busy musculoskeletal clinic. 

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Vivek Tayal, MD

Vivek currently serves as the Chief of the Division of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of EM at Carolinas Medical Center and has been active nationally in the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Section, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Ultrasound Interest Group and American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) Emergency Ultrasound Section. He is the ACEP liaison to AIUM.

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Matthew Flannigan, DO

Dr. Flannigan has been teaching point-of-care ultrasound since 2008.  He completed his ultrasound fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the residency and fellowship ultrasound program director for Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, MI.  Matt also coordinates attending ultrasound education, credentialing, and billing for Emergency Care Specialists, PC. 

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Zach Grambos, MD

Dr. Grambos completed residency in Emergency Medicine and fellowship in Emergency Ultrasound at Palmetto Health.  He is currently the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.  He trains Emergency Medicine residents and physicians in the use of Point-of-Care Ultrasound.

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Geoffrey E. Hayden, MD

Dr. Hayden completed his fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to direct point-of-care ultrasound programs at Vanderbilt University, New York Methodist, and the Medical University of South Carolina. He currently co-directs a health design program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Hayden is particularly interested in pediatric ultrasound (creator of the Pediatric Ultrasound Course) and procedural/diagnostic sonography of the critically ill

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Ken Heinz, RDMS

Ken has been a lab instructor employed in clinical ultrasound for over four decades and has worked with 3rd Rock Ultrasound from its founding in 1998. His specialties include all diagnostic procedures in pediatrics, cardiac, vascular, abdomen, OB/GYN, and neurology. He is a member of the ARDMS, SDMS, ARRT, and SCQRSA.

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Russ Horowitz, MD

Russ Horowitz, MD, RDMS is the Director of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University.  

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Patrick Hunt, MD

Dr. Hunt is the program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. He is the co-founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years. He is a past president of the ultrasound section for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and is the director for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship website (www.eusfellowships.com).

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James Hwang, MD

Dr. Hwang is the director for emergency ultrasound at Scripts Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. He is the former ultrasound director for Brigham & Womens in Boston, MA. He is one 3rd Rock’s most experienced and talented instructors. His primary area of interest is echocardiography.

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Barry Knapp, MD

Dr. Knapp serves as Director of Ultrasound Education Programs at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). He is the Residency Program Director for the EVMS Department of Emergency Medicine. He is the founder of the EVMS Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship and has taught clinical ultrasound for more than fifteen years.

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Scott Kurpiel, MD

Dr. Scott Kurpiel is the Director of Ultrasound at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas TX.  He received his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, completed Medical School at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, was residency trained in Emergency Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta GA, and Ultrasound Fellowship trained at Palmetto Health in Columbia SC.  He’s enjoyed teaching clinical ultrasound with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2011.

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Mary Kyryk, RDMS, RVT

Mary Kyryk, RDMS, RVT is a registered sonographer and independent consultant.  She has over 20 years of experience in both the clinical and commercial aspects of ultrasound.   Mary has an extensive background in ultrasound training and has worked with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2012.  

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Matthew Lipton, MD

Dr. Lipton is originally from southern California. He is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University. He completed an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Utah. When not working in the ED, he enjoys snowboarding, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with his wife, Leah, an elementary school teacher.

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Hunter Louis, MD

Dr. Louis is the Emergency US Director for three years at Roper St. Francis Healthcare emergency departments in Charleston, SC, and is the Managing Shareholder of Roper Emergency Physicians, PC. He has enthusiastically lectured with the Emergency Ultrasound Course since 2006, and looks forward to watching clinical ultrasound continue to infiltrate bedside medicine.

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Jennifer Marin, MD

Jennifer R. Marin, MD, MSc is Director of Emergency Ultrasound for the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Quality Director for Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.  She is a lead author on the American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement regarding point-of-care ultrasound for pediatric emergency physicians. She has been teaching point-of-care ultrasound since 2009.

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Dustin Morrow, MD

Dr. Morrow is the EM Ultrasound Director for the Greenville Health System and Assistant Professor at University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville. He completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. His interests include medical student education, curriculum implementation, quality assurance, and credentialing. 

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Lorraine Ng, MD

Lorraine Ng is the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at New York Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York.  She is an ultrasound fellowship trained pediatric emergency medicine physician who has taught didactic workshops on ultrasound on a local, domestic and international level.  Her research areas of interest and publications include point-of-care ultrasound use in the evaluation of volume status, musculoskeletal injuries, and pediatric abdominal pain.

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Laura Nolting, MD

Dr. Nolting is the associate program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. She has published numerous articles, papers, and book chapters on emergency ultrasound.

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Falguni Patel, RDMS

Falguni Patel is a Sonographer at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, IL for almost 15 years. She is also a graduate from the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program in Triton College (2002). She is also one of the first Sonographer to achieve a Pediatric Sonography certification from ARDMS. She is also certified in Vascular Technology, Abdomen, Neurosonology and Ob/Gyn specialties.

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Nova Panebianco, MD

Dr. Panebianco is the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  She has served as President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound in the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and on the board of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships.  She is an Emergency Medicine Foundation grant recipient and her focus is on procedural ultrasound, critical care, and ultrasound in resource limited settings.  

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Brad Pressley, MD

Dr. Presley is the Associate Director of Emergency Ultrasound at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC. He has helped develop curricula and policies for point of care ultrasound and its hospital wide utilization. He has been teaching with 3rd Rock Ultrasound since 2011 and special interests include teaching the utility of ultrasound in critical care situations.

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Dan Park, MD

Dr. Park is the associate medical director of pediatric emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina and also serves as the director of pediatric emergency ultrasound. He completed his emergency ultrasound fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and has lectured for the Pediatric Ultrasound Course since its inception.

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Alicia Saintsing-Vawter, RDMS

Alicia is a graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Radiologic Science. She is a Sonographer at Coastal Surgery Specialists in Wilmington, NC.  She has over 20 years experience in abdominal, obstetrics/gynecology, breast, thyroid, and vascular sonography, as well as multiple other imaging modalities. 

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Anthony Weekes, MD

Dr. Weekes is the director of the emergency ultrasound fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has taught clinical ultrasound for over 15 years. His clinical research focus is on echocardiography and pulmonary embolism.

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Preston Wendell, MD

Dr. Preston Wendell completed residency and ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland in 2009. He currently serves as the emergency ultrasound director for Trident Health System in Charleston SC and has worked extensively on ultrasound operations and workflow in the community practice setting. In addition, he has worked on projects for the ultrasound section of ACEP and ultrasound initiatives for the South Atlantic Division of the Hospital Corporation of America.

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Chris Wilbert, MD

Dr. Wilbert is Director of Emergency Ultrasound at University of Tennessee Emergency Medicine Residency Nashville/Murfreesboro. He completed his emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health in 2014.

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Fred Warkentine, MD

Dr. Warkentine is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He trained in emergency medicine before completing a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine. Dr, Warkentine is the current interim director of point-of-care ultrasound for the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Louisville. He has many publications in pediatric emergency medicine point-of-care ultrasound and lectured extensively on the topic for the past decade.

Editorial Board

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Thomas Cook, MD

Dr. Cook is the program director for emergency medicine at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina since 2001. He is the founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years.

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Patrick Hunt, MD

Dr. Hunt is the program director for emergency ultrasound fellowship at Palmetto Health / University of South Carolina. He is the co-founder of 3rd Rock Ultrasound and has lectured on clinical ultrasound for over twenty years. He is a past president of the ultrasound section for the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine and is the director for the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship website (www.eusfellowships.com).

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James Hwang, MD

Dr. Hwang is the director for emergency ultrasound at Scripts Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, CA. He is the former ultrasound director for Brigham & Womens in Boston, MA. He is one 3rd Rock’s most experienced and talented instructors. His primary area of interest is echocardiography.

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Rob Ferre, MD

Dr. Rob Ferre completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Division Director and Associate Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He has taught ultrasound to clinicians across the globe and loves to tell about it. 

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Vivek Tayal, MD FACEP*

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Anthony Weekes, MD

Dr. Weekes is the director of the emergency ultrasound fellowship at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. He has taught clinical ultrasound for over 15 years. His clinical research focus is on echocardiography and pulmonary embolism.

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Ryan Barnes, DO

Dr. Barnes completed his fellowship training at Palmetto Health. He is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director at the Medical University of South Carolina.  His academic interests include Echocardiography, Regional Anesthesia, and Musculoskeletal Sonography.