Nate Garton, MD
The URMC US fellowship allowed me to hone a desired skill set, delve into some research, and explore some of the finer points of emergency medicine, all in a year.
I think fellowship training is a reflective capstone for residency and gives a competitive edge for the cluster that is the PNW job market. The US team is diverse and supportive.
Josh “J-Smoove” Smith, MD
Currently director of emergency ultrasound for Tacoma Emergency Care Physicians, a private EM group that staffs 3 emergency departments in Pacific Northwest.
In addition to clinical duties, I have time each month dedicated to ultrasound, including meetings/administration, image QA, education, and billing.
I still have too much free time after residency and fellowship, so am also pursuing a number of new hobbies including flying planes, mountain biking, climbing, hiking, running, skiing…and building Legos.
Matthew Gorgone, DO
I am currently a fellow in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). I completed the ED ultrasound fellowship after internal medicine residency, while working as hospitalist, so it was a little bit of an atypical path. Hitting the start of my Pulm/CCM fellowship with more hands on, supervised ultrasound experience than most could hope to accumulate over the course of their entire 3-4-year fellowship was invaluable.
I’ve been able to help activate the cath lab detecting new wall motion abnormalities paired with EKG changes, sent patients to thrombectomy by identifying a clot in transit, and change management in a crashing patient with unrecognized worsening of his pulmonary hypertension.
During the initial wave of COVID patients, POCUS was used to help limit the number of people entering the rooms and conserve PPE; we would confirm appropriate central line placement(Flush test), assess for complications (lung slide), perform TTE, often beyond the typical ‘POCUS’ scope (valve function, PASP estimation, diastolic dysfunction, cardiac output, ect). I felt comfortable performing and teaching all these things.
Building on the skill set I developed at URMC, I am learning and developing a critical care TEE curriculum, am involved with critical care fellow ultrasound education/quality assurance, and teach the internal medicine residents as part of their POCUS interest group.
Daniel Stratz, MD
After completing fellowship in summer 2020 I took a position as assistant professor and ultrasound faculty at the University of Vermont. I am work clinically at the University of Vermont Medical Center as well as midsized UVM Health Network community hospital in Plattsburgh, NY.
In addition to my involvement in resident teaching and the QA process at both facilities, I have taken on the role of course director for the Bedside Ultrasound Elective for 4th year medical students at the Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont.
“Hope the ultrasound machine is handling the cold in the parking lot okay. Anyone topped my urethral stone extraction ultrasound yet?”
Erik Kvamme, MD
Dr. Kvamme completed his Emergency Medicine residency at URMC and focused his Ultrasound Fellowship efforts on teaching POCUS to Emergency Medicine residents in Vientiane, Laos. He subsequently works for Kaiser Permanente in Sacramento, CA.
Weaam Alshenawy, MD
Dr. Alshenawy completed her EM residency at Michigan State and came to URMC EM after working in community Emergency Medicine. She is currently working at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.