Ultrasound fellowship program


The Department of Emergency Medicine at Prisma Health Richland has been a leader in emergency ultrasound since 1997. Residents in our emergency medicine program are trained in the use of ultrasound to facilitate the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of serious and life-threatening pathologies.

The mission of the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship is to develop highly motivated emergency physicians into future educators and researchers with expertise in the wide application of ultrasound technology to direct patient care. 

Our fellowship is EUFACS certified and graduations of our program will be able to sit for the FPD through ABEM upon completion.

To achieve these goals, we offer the following:

  • State-of-the-art facilities

  • Dedicated support on the department, hospital, and university levels

  • 10+ ultrasound systems (5 Sonosite X-portes, 2 Sonosite SIIs, 1 Terason, 3 Lumify, Butterfly, Clarius)

  • Nationally recognized leaders in emergency ultrasound

  • Great compensation and benefits

  • $10K for CME and travel



Tremendous opportunities for travel with national and international exposure to other leaders in emergency ultrasound through     3rd Rock Ultrasound.  


Past course locations include:

  • Hawaii
  • Alaska
  • China
  • Mexico
  • Costa Rica
  • Las Vegas
  • Chicago
  • Austria
  • Over 40 U.S. states


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Length of Training

The fellowship is twelve months in length. The start date is negotiable but typically begins on July 1.

Applicant Qualifications

All applicants must have graduated from an ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine residency and be board-eligible/certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine. 

In addition, the applicant must qualify for South Carolina medical licensure. Applicamts must complete an application and submit three letters of recommendation through the EUS website. Once letter must be from the residency program director. 

All approved Emergency Ultrasound Fellowships are now required to use the NRMP Match. Fellowship applications will be accepted after September 1 of the preceeding year. An interview is required prior to selection.

Completion of Training

Upon completion of training, the fellow will receive a certificate of fellowship training from Prisma Health Richland and the University of South Carolina.




  • Develop clinical expertise in EUS
  • All primary applications of EUS
  • Secondary applications including:
    • Ultrasound-guided procedures
    • Critical Care ultrasound
    • Advanced Cardiac
    • Pulmonary
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Vascular ultrasound
    • Resuscitation
    • TEE
    • Nerve blocks
    • Pediatric
  • Develop educational skills to instruct clinicians in ultrasound techniques
    • Educational software skills
    • Video and Image management skills
    • Public speaking
  • Develop administrative skills to direct EUS program
    • Image archiving
    • Physician credentials
    • Equipment maintenance
    • Curriculum development
  • Involvement with National Organizations that promote EUS
    • American College of Emergency Physicians
    • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
    • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine


  • Ultrasound Examinations
    • Perform a minimum of 1000 reviewed studies over the course of fellowship
    • Rotations with echocardiology
    • Rotations with vascular ultrasound
  • American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonograhers Certification (ARDMS) if desired
    • Physics
    • Instrumentation
    • Abdomen
    • One other area of choice
  • Education and Lectures
    • Annual journal club assignment (with EUSF director)
    • Optional participation in outside CME course (The Emergency Ultrasound Course)
  • Clinical Instruction
    • Sixteen hours per month of bedside instruction in the emergency department 
    • EM resident on ultrasound rotation 
    • USC medical students on ultrasound rotation
  • 800 hours per year as clinical attending in the emergency department
  • Administrative Duties
    • Departmental ultrasound QA and exam review
    • Working with EUSF director to administer resident EUS rotation
    • Scheduling
    • Resident and Medical Student Testing Professional Organization Participation


  • Ultrasound Equipment
    • 7 machines in the ED (Sonosites)
    • Travel Lumify with 3 probes
    • Also have Clarius and Butterfly
    • Ultrasound Office
    • Simulation Medicine Center - Vimidex and SonoSim ultrasound simulators


Since 2017, the Prisma Health Richland Department of Emergency Medicine began offering an International Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship. This unique fellowship opportunity focusing on the destinctive skills needed to integrate an ultrasound program into the International Emergency Medicine (IEM) environment. This fellowship is one of only a handful available in the country to provide you with the necessary skills needed to practice in this environment. 



Patrick Hunt, MD, MBA
Department of Emergency Medicine Chair


Laura Nolting, MD
Fellowship Director 

Year of appointment: 2016

EM Ultrasound Fellowship: Prisma Health Midlands, Class of 2011

EM Residency: Wright State University
Class of 2010

Medical School: Wright State University, Class of 2007



Class of 2007



Hunter Louis, MD

Medical School: University of Louisville, Class of 2003

Residency Training:  Prisma Health Midlands, Emergency Medicicne

Current Position:  EM Director, Roper Saint Francis Healthcare, Charleston, SC

Class of 2008



Matthew Ahern, DO 
Medical School: Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2003

Residency Training:  Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Current Position:  Staff physician, Scripts Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, California

Class of 2009



Jeremy Johnson, DO
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2002

Residency Traning:  Madigan Army Medical Center, Emergency Medicine

Current Position:  Ultrasound Director, Darnall Army Hospital, Fort Hood, TX, Department of Emergency Medicine


Richard Preston Wendell, MD
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina, Class of 2005

Residency Training:  Palmetto Health, Emergency Medicine

Current Position:  EM Director, Trident Hospital, Summerville, SC, Department of Emergency Medicine

Class of 2010  


Rob Ferre, MD
Medical School: University of Wisconsin, class of 2003

Residency Training:  Maine Medical Center, class of 2006

Current position:  Ultrasound Director, Indiana University School of Medicine


James Palma, MD
Medical School:  Uniform Services University of the Health Sciences, class of 2000

Residency Training:  Portsmouth Naval Hospital, Emergency Medicine, class of 2006

Current Position:  Faculty, Georgetown University EM Residency, Department of Emergency Medicine


Jeremy Smith, MD
Medical School:  Albany Medical Center, Class of 2006

Residency Training:  Baystate Medical Center, Emergency Medicine, Class of 2009

Class of 2011  


Laura Nolting, MD
Medical School: Wright State University, Class of 2007

Residency Training:  Wright State University, Emergency Medicine, Class of 2010

Current Position:  Fellowship Director, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Prisma Health Midlands, Columbia, SC 


Jared Marx, MD
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Class of 2007

Residency Training:  University of Nebraska, Class of 2010

Current Position:  Ultrasound Director, University of Nebraska Medical Center


Class of 2012  

Matthew Flannigan, DO
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2004

Residency Training:  Michigan State University - Grand Rapids, Class of 2008

Current Position:  Ultrasound Director, Michigan State University at Grand Rapids, Department of Emergency Medicine

Brad Presley, MD
Medical School: Univesity of Kentucky, Class of 2008

Residency Training:  Medical University of South Carolina, Class pf 2011

Current Position:  EM Attending, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Class of 2013  

Scott Kurpiel, MD
Medical School: SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, Brooklyn, New York, Class of 2009.

Residency Training: Emory University, Class of 2012

Current Position: Director of Ultrasound, Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Joe Porres, DO
Medical School:  Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2007

Residency Training: Ohio University, Class of 2012

Current Position: Carolina Care, Columbia, South Carolina

Class of 2014  

Zubair Chao, MD
Medical School:  Georgia Health Sciences University, Class of 2010

Residency Training:  Prisma Health Midlands, Class of 2013

Current Positions:

  • Staff Emergency Physician, Methodist Charlton and Presbyterian Kaufman hospitals in Dallas, Texas.
  • Assistant Clinical Professor at University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas.

Chris Wilbert, MD
Medical School:  Florida State University, Class of 2010

Residency Training:  New York Methodist Hospital, Class of 2013

Current Position: Director of Emergency Ultraosund, University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro / Nashville Emergency Medicine Residency

Class of 2015  

Ryan Barnes, MD
Medical School:  West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2011

Residency Training: University of Rochester Medical Center, Class of 2014

Current Position:  Fellowship Director, Emergency Ultrasound, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina

Class of 2016  

Zach Grambos, MD
Medical School: Marshall University, Class of 2012

Residency Training: Prisma Health Midlands, Class of 2015

Current Position:  Clinical Ultrasound Faculty, University of Tennessee at Murfreesboro / Nashville Emergency Medicine Residency

Dustin Morrow, MD
Medical School: Penn State University, Class of 2012

Residency Training: Duke University, Class of 2015

Current Position:  Attending Physician, Prisma Health Upstate, Clinical Assistant Professor at USC School of Medicine Greenville 

Class of 2017  

Sydney Hindley, MD
Medical School: University of South Florida, Class of 2013

Residency Training: Prisma Health Midlands, Class of 2016

Current Position: Emergency Physician, St. Anthony's Hospital, Gig Harbor, WA

Class of 2018


Class of 2019


Chet Patel, MD
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Class of 2011

Residency Training: Prisma Health Midlands, Class of 2018

Current Position: Prisma Health Richland, Ultrasound faculty



Jake Schoeneck, MD
Medical School: SUNY Upstate, Class 2014

Residency Training: Yale, Class of 2018

Current Position: Ultrasound Director, Wake Forest Department of Emergency Medicine

Class of 2023  

David Sanders, DO
Medical School:

Residency Training: Prisma Health Richland, Class of 2022

Current Position: Attending Physician, Three Rivers Medical Center, Grants Pass, OR