Emergency Medicine

Division of Emergency Ultrasonography

Emergency Medicine Bedside Ultrasound

Doctor teaching student at ultrasound Machine

"EMBU" was established in the Emergency Department of Penn Medicine in 2001. It has formal standing as the "Division of Emergency Ultrasonography."

The Division is engaged in a wide range of activities.

  • The Penn ED Residency Program has a 4-week ED-based ultrasound rotation.
  • The Fellowship Program, with 2 positions, has one and two-year fellowship tracks (the latter including Masters level training in either Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics or Health Policy Research).
  • Faculty has autonomy to perform EMBU to be used in clinical decision-making, and when it deems clinically appropriate.
  • We have medical student teaching modules in bedside sonography for each year of medical school.
  • We have been successful in obtaining grants for single-site and multi-site research.

Because the Department of Emergency Medicine has been a leader in identifying and promoting the use of bedside ultrasound both diagnostically and procedurally, we have teaching and mentoring relationships with the departments of Surgery and Medicine, and provide training to the fellowship programs in Critical Care, Nephrology, Trauma, and PEM (at CHOP). Based partly on these relationships, and partly on Penn Medicine's culture of interdepartmental collegiality, much of our educational and research efforts are interdisciplinary. Past and ongoing projects include partnerships with critical care surgeons, family medicine, cardiologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, and gynecologists.

Reflecting the mission of the School of Medicine and Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania, the Division of Emergency Ultrasound has 3 major areas of activity: clinical practice, education, and research.

embu wand in action   sonograph image


  • Credentialed faculty has full autonomy to perform ultrasound as part of their clinical practice.
  • Five ultrasound machines are available for use 24/7.
  • Faculty may bill for exams performed.
  • The Division of Emergency Ultrasound trains medical students, residents, fellows and faculty across the specialties, and from around the world.
  • Our longstanding Ultrasound Fellowship Program provides rigorous training in clinical ultrasound, ultrasound education, and how to accomplish quality research.
  • The Division of Emergency Ultrasound has been successful in obtaining grants for single-site and multi-site research.
  • Our Division has significant presence at national and international meetings, and has published extensively in the field.

Ultrasound Clinical Services