Ultrasound College

The mission of the ultrasound college is to improve patient care and medical education through clinical ultrasound at Cook County. We aim to improve our ability to evaluate and care for our patients through the use of ultrasound. Together with fellows and faculty, residents gain knowledge of ultrasound as well as practice skills needed to incorporate ultrasound into practice. We also aim to support academic endeavors of residents and as a college are committed to improving undergraduate medical education teaching the students of Rush Medical College anatomy through ultrasound.  


Specific Goals:
1. Improve resident teaching skills through multiple workshops in ultrasound held at Rush Medical College. 
2. Support and encourage scholarly activity through: participation in teaching activities, presentations at national meetings, publications in peer-reviewed journals. 
3. Improve resident and student access to education in ultrasound by developing a premier FOAMed website: ultrasoundninja.com
4. Improve resident and medical student ultrasound education through innovating our curriculum based on focused feedback discussed in college meetings. 


Selected College Projects:

  • Cultivated and organized all the best in ultrasound related FOAMed materials in one resource: ultrasoundninja.com.

  • Working on increasing resident utilization of ultrasound through monthly emails featuring high-yield ultrasound pearls.

  • Involve residents with direct medical student teaching through workshops.


Selected Presentations and Scholarly Projects:

  • Gottlieb M, Nakitende D. Identification of Gastric Outlet Obstruction Using Point-Of-Care Ultrasound. Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Mar 13. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.03.024

  • Nakitende D, Gottlieb M, Ruskis J, Kimball D, Christian E, Bailitz J. Ultrasound for Confirmation of Thoracostomy Tube Placement by Emergency Medicine Residents. Trauma. 2017;19(1):35-8.

  • Russel FM, Ehrman RR, Cosby K, Ansari A, Tseeng S, Christain E and Bailitz J Diagnosing Acute Heart Failure in Patients With Undifferentiated Dyspnea: A Lung and Cardiac Ultrasound (LuCUS) Protocol. Acad Emerg Med. 2015; 22(2): 182-191.

  • Smith-Bindman R, Aubin C, Bailitz J. et al. Ultrasonography versus Computed Tomography for Suspected Nephrolithiasis. N Engl J Med. 2014; 371(12):1100-1110.


Faculty Leader: Jennifer Rogers MD

Faculty Members: Karen Cosby MD, Christine Jung MD

Resident Leaders: Michael Devisser MD, Onyinyechi Eke MD