Question: Who is eligible to apply?
We accept physicians and midlevel clinicians from all over the world. The only requirement is that you are a clinician who deals directly with patient care. We accept physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Some of the specialties that we have accepted are most commonly from the fields of Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Family Practice, General Practice, and Internal Medicine. We have also accepted fellows from Pulmonology, Anesthesia, and Radiology. We regret that we cannot accept ultrasound technologists since the program is geared toward direct patient care.
Question: I’m not from the United States. Can I still apply?
Yes! We have many international fellows from places like Canada, Australia, Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Norway, France, Brazil, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, India, and more. One of the great things about the Ultrasound Leadership Academy is that you don’t have to leave your current job and location to join the program.
Question: What is ULA exactly?
The Ultrasound Leadership Academy, or ULA, is a 12-month program of comprehensive point of care ultrasound. It is designed as an alternative to a traditional ultrasound fellowship, so you can continue working and complete the ULA program at your own pace. It was created to both educate and train leaders in point of care ultrasound.
Question: Is there a curriculum?
Yes! The ULA curriculum covers all aspects of point of care ultrasound. However, the beauty of ULA is that your program can be tailored to meet your needs and goals, whether you are a total beginner wanting to learn the basics or an experienced ultrasonographer looking to take it to the next level. There are several different program options to choose from that differ according to the number of mentoring sessions with professors (live video calls) each month.
Question: How can the ULA program be tailored to fit my needs?
You can focus on any aspect of point of care ultrasound. Most of the tailoring comes during the one-on-one mentoring sessions with our professors. Some examples are: (1) we can help you if you are working towards an ultrasound certification like the DDU exam; (2) if you are looking to set up an ultrasound program at your hospital, we can help you with the administrative, billing, credentialing, and QA aspects; (3) if you really want to focus on critical care, we can make sure you hang out with critical care experts; (4) we can help connect you with a number of ULA professors who offer on-site preceptorships. If you have something specific you want to focus on, just let us know and we will work with you to personalize your ULA program to meet your goals and needs.
Question: How much does it cost?
Costs vary depending on the program option you choose. So you get an idea of what is included in the ULA program and what your tuition is going towards, the following program components are included: simulation equipment and training module subscription for 12 months, portable handheld ultrasound machine, free registration to ultrasound courses, up to 4 hours per month of one-on-one mentoring, 12 months of custom curriculum (original lectures, assessments, and feedback), access to international electives and preceptorships, and over 100 hours of CME credit available. The typical ultrasound fellow gives up $50,000-$100,000 in salary to spend a year completing an ultrasound fellowship. Our costs are nowhere near that and we can get you an exact quote if you fill out an application and tell us your needs.
Question: I live in a resource-limited country and can’t afford such a comprehensive program. Are there any options for me?
Yes, ULA is organized as a 501c3 non-profit. We believe very strongly in the potential of ultrasound to improve patient care, especially in resource-limited settings. Because of this, we have scholarships available. In fact, we have a very robust 1:1 program! For every paying fellow we provide a scholarship for a fellow who cannot afford the program. If you apply we can tell you if you are eligible for this program. If you are not eligible and you decide to move forward with the program, then you will be supporting a fellow who cannot afford the program.
Question: How much time is required?
The program is entirely self-paced, so you can view lectures, complete readings and other assignments, and schedule one-on-one mentoring sessions at times that are convenient for you. It’s hard to approximate the weekly time commitment, as it depends on which program option you choose. However, it’s probably safe to estimate 3-10 hrs/week depending on how many mentoring sessions you have each month and how in depth you want to get in the curriculum we provide.
Question: Do I get a certificate after I complete the program?
Yes! You will receive a certificate of completing a 1-year online ultrasound fellowship, signed by the 3 lead professors, Matt Dawson, Mike Mallin, and Mike Stone, who are experts in the field. The certificate is comparable to any certificate received from an ultrasound fellowship in the United States. Currently, no ultrasound fellowships in the USA are certified by a governing body, so your certificate is similar to that of other fellows who complete an ultrasound fellowship.
Question: I’m interested! What do I do now?
If ULA sounds like a good fit for you, please fill out our brief application and then we can work with you directly to discuss our program options and your personal goals. If you have more questions, you can email us at inquiry@ultrasoundleadershipacademy.