UChicago EM


Biweekly for 4 weeks 1 month 1 month








PIVs, central lines, paracentesis, thoracentesis, pericardiocentesis, PTAs






Advanced echo

Right heart (diastology)

IVC exams


Femoral nerve blocks

Peripheral nerve blocks


PGY-1 and Daily Use

The ultrasound education is a longitudinal curriculum throughout all three years.  There are designated months each year when the residents have an additional focus on emergency ultrasound.  They attend biweekly lecture/ hands on ultrasound training at the bedside with the ultrasound faculty.  With these shifts and the integration of ultrasound into daily practice, residents have no problems meeting annual minimum ultrasound requirement. Residents receive feedback on every ultrasound they perform and every image is reviewed for quality and accuracy of interpretation. By implementing ultrasound early in their training and continuing it throughout all three years, the residents learn to integrate the ultrasound into their daily practice of patient care in the ER.  This helps them rapidly assess patients and rule in or out disease in an effort to improve patient care, safety, and flow through the emergency department.

Emergency Ultrasound Elective

Residents have an opportunity to do an additional month in emergency ultrasound as an elective during their second and third years.  This month allows the resident additional time to master their skills in preparation for graduation and working on their own in the community.  They will learn advanced ultrasound applications and techniques during this month to further their ultrasound education. They will have additional scanning and educational requirements and help organize and run scanning shifts for the junior residents who are on their ultrasound month.

Our Ultrasound Faculty

Nadeem Hafez, MD

Dr. Hafez joined the UChicago Emergency Medicine faculty after completing an Ultrasound fellowship at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University. Dr. Hafez’s academic interests include Point of Care Emergency Ultrasound as it applies to clinical procedures/venous access as well as resident and medical student education.

Mark Chottiner, MD

After completing an Ultrasound fellowship at Rush University Medical Center/Cook County, Dr. Chottiner returned to the University of Chicago where he graduated from the Emergency Medicine Residency in 2019. His interests include expanding the use of Emergency Ultrasound as an indispensible tool of the ED physician.

Christopher Harris, MD

Christopher Harris is an Assistant Professor and Assistant Ultrasound Director at UChicago. He completed his Ultrasound fellowship at Baylor COM in Houston, TX before returning to the program where he completed his residency. His academic interests include point of care ultrasound, medical student and resident education, and pre-hospital ultrasound.