About the Program

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers a combined fellowship focusing on clinical ultrasound and resuscitation in collaboration with the Division of Cardiology and the Weil Institute of Emergency and Critical Care Research.

Dr. Michael Vitto with resident performing resuscitation simulationThis innovative post-residency fellowship provides up to two physicians per year the opportunity to train and conduct research on a diverse team dedicated to point-of-care ultrasound and resuscitation. 

A main goal of the Resuscitation Fellowship is to provide a thorough, in-depth understanding of the science and practice that prepares the graduate to lead a hospital's resuscitation clinical program. Our trainees are ideally positioned to also play a role assisting in resuscitation guideline development at the national and international level. Fellows receive training in basic science laboratory techniques and can conduct experimental studies in the resuscitation research laboratory in the world-class Weil Institute.

With a limited number of shifts as an attending physician in the emergency department, fellows spend the rest of their time on various critical care rotations, performing basic science and clinical research and completing the ultrasound fellowship requirements to attain national certification upon completion of the program. Read more about VCU’s Clinical Ultrasound Fellowship here.

Second-year fellows have the academic freedom to pursue an advanced degree from one of the highly competitive schools within VCU and to conduct clinical and/or basic science research under the close guidance of the program directors and adjunct fellowship faculty. 

Fellows also receive a clinical instructor appointment as faculty members and perform clinical shifts as attending physicians at VCU Medical Center's Level 1 trauma center, which sees about 100,000 patients per year.  

Life in Richmond

Urban life with a small-town feel

We encourage our students, residents and fellows to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle. As the capital of Virginia since 1779, Richmond attracts students, faculty and staff from around the globe. The city’s location affords easy day trips to destinations like Washington, DC, Virginia Beach, Colonial Williamsburg and the Blue Ridge Mountains, among others.

As a mid-sized city with a metropolitan population of 1.3 million, Richmond provides stimulating activities while maintaining its intimate feel and unique vibe. Vibrant neighborhoods offer distinct, diverse experiences, with no shortage of art galleries, museums, music venues, restaurants, breweries and parks. For the outdoor enthusiast, you can’t beat the offerings in the city’s riverfront parks and urban wilderness areas such as white-water rafting, hiking, mountain biking and festivals.

Learn more about our community.

How to Apply

Successful applicants must be board certified or board eligible, residency-trained emergency physicians with a US license who have trained at a high-level, high-acuity Level 1 ED. For more information about the Clinical Ultrasound and Resuscitation Fellowship, please contact:

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Clinical US and Resuscitation Fellowship Director

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Joseph P. Ornato, MD, FACP, FACC, FACEP

Clinical US and Resuscitation Fellowship Director

Email: joe.ornato@vcuhealth.org