Mini-Fellowship in Renal Sonography

The Emory Division of Renal Medicine offers CME certified training programs in Renal Sonography for external physicians.  These five-day programs run from Monday through Friday, and prior attendance of the Ultrasonography for Nephrologists course is a prerequisite. Only one trainee is taken each week, and he/she joins the ultrasound service performing ultrasound studies. Fellows will also participate in the daily reading and generation of reports, operation of the database, coding and billing. An extensive teaching file is available for study. Opportunities to participate in general nephrology rounds and transplant nephrology rounds are also available. For questions, please look at the frequently asked questions section before contacting us.

  • Tuition: $150 per day; five day minimum; $100 for full-time faculty. Tuition is required in advance and is nonrefundable. In the event of a cancellation, tuition is forfeited unless we find a replacement. If a replacement is found, your tuition will be applied to a future date.
  • Registration: Email Bonnie Chappell (bchappe@emory.edu) to check on available dates and register.
  • Sign and submit a disclaimer form.

Frequently asked questions:

  • Are there prerequisites? Yes, you must have attended the 2-day Ultrasonography For Nephrologists course, which is held 3 times per year, or an equivalent course.
  • How many people can attend? Only one person per week. Exceptions can be made in rare circumstances.
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  • Can I pay by credit card? No. Unfortunately, we can only accept checks or money orders.
  • What do I need to bring to the Minifellowship Week?    Please bring your white coat and comfortable shoes. Please do not bring luggage or handbags to our site because you will be on the go around the clinic and hospital.

  • Is there a discount for trainees?   No. Only full-time faculty are offered a discount.

  •  Can I pay by credit card?  No, we only accept checks or money orders.

  •  If I live in another country, can I wire my tuition payment?     Yes, you can create an international wire, but additional banking fees will slightly increase the cost of tuition.  For wiring instructions, contact bchappe@emory.edu

  •  Can I reserve the Minifellowship Week that follows the 2-day course?     These weeks are reserved for international physicians who need to take both courses to avoid duplicating international travel and there is a wait list. If you live in the USA, we recommend taking the two courses separately to avoid a long wait.  However, sometimes we have a cancellation and the combination becomes available for US attendees. If you wish to be on the combination waitlist, please contact bchappe@emory.edu. The current wait time is about one year, but we sometimes have cancellations that allow a name to move up on the list.

  •  How often is the prerequisite 2-day course scheduled?   The 2-day course is offered 3 times per year.  Due to academic and hospital scheduling, the 2-day course dates is posted about 3-4 months in advance on the website. Please watch the website for the next open course date. If the 2-day course is currently full, please contact the scheduler listed on the website to get on the waitlist for the next course.

  •  If I have previous training in ultrasonography, is it possible to take the Minifellowship without taking the 2-day prerequisite course?   Please send a description and documentation of your training to bchappe@emory.edu so the program director can determine if the training can substitute.

  •  What happens if I need to cancel my week reservation and have already paid?    There is a no refund policy due to people cancelling at the last moment and depriving others the opportunity to attend. If you discover that you are unable to attend, please notify us ASAP so we might find a substitute for your week. If we find a substitute, your payment can be used to reserve a future Minifellowship week.

  •  Will I receive CME credit and certificate?   Yes, you will receive a certificate sent from the Emory CME Office documenting your credits earned. In addition, you will receive a letter indicating the number and type of studies performed that serve as documentation for certification required the ASDIN.

  • Where do I read more about the ASDIN certification?    Instructions and forms are found at www.ASDIN.org

  •  What if there are not enough ultrasounds during my Minifellowship week to receive ASDIN certification?     The goal is to perform at least 40 ultrasound studies (required for ASDIN certification) during the Minifellowship week + studies completed during the 2-day course. Unfortunately, we have no control over the number of studies ordered in a given week. If do not achieve the requisite number of studies, you may return for additional days tuition-free, or you may perform studies at your location and send the images to us.

  •  Can I attend the Minifellowship for more than one week?   We usually limit the Minifellowships to one week, but longer periods are sometimes available. If you prefer more than one week, reserve the first week and indicate your interest in a second week. If the second week is still vacant 6 weeks beforehand, we can reserve that additional week for you.  Also if one of those weeks includes a holiday (a 4-day week), then we can reserve both weeks for you.

  •  Where can I read about the 2-day course Ultrasonography for Nephrologists?    See this website: http://medicine.emory.edu/renal-medicine/education/ultrasonography-nephrologists.html

Why incorporate ultrasonography?

There are many reasons why you should incorporate ultrasonography into your practice. These include:

  • Patient convenience: outpatient ultrasounds can be performed in the office; inpatient studies and biopsies can be performed at the bedside.
  • Physician convenience: ultrasonography can be done during the initial evaluation; you can have an immediate answer when your patient develops acute renal failure, hematuria, or pain; renal biopsies can be performed at your convenience.
  • Improved patient care: you get answers more quickly and you do a better job of interpreting the results since you are familiar with the clinical situation and know what you are looking for.
  • Economic feasibility: The cost of equipment is reasonable (about $25,000) and training is not difficult. You won't get rich doing ultrasounds but you won't lose money either. Only 50-60 outpatient studies are necessary per year to recover equipment costs.
  • Enjoyment and satisfaction: Ultrasonography is fun, increases the range of services you can provide, and makes you a more complete nephrologist. It certainly makes the practice of nephrology more interesting and is a very popular rotation for the renal fellows.

Yes, you can do ultrasonography!

  • Ultrasonography by nephrologists improves patient care.Â
  • There is no law or rule that states that prohibits nephrologists from doing ultrasonography.
  • The kidney is one of the easiest abdominal organs to image.
  • There is little anatomic variation, and the range of pathologies is small.
  • Many other sub-specialties are also performing ultrasonography - cardiology, OB-GYN, urology, endocrinology, breast surgery
  • Renal biopsy is a nephrology procedure and, since it requires ultrasound guidance, nephrologists need to be performing ultrasonography and have access to equipment.

Frequently asked questions

  • If I have had previous training in ultrasonography, is it possible to do the mini-fellowship without taking the 2-day course?
    Yes, in certain cases. Please send a description of the training and documentation to‚ bchappe@emory.edu.
  • Can I reserve the week immediately following the 2-day course?
    These weeks are very popular and must be reserved well in advance. We usually only reserve them for international attendees. If you would like to reserve one of these weeks, contact‚ bchappe@emory.edu.
  • Can I attend a mini-fellowship for more than one week?
    Yes, if that week is open. Due to high demand, the weeks are sometimes not open. Because of the high demand, we usually limit the mini-fellowships to one week, but longer periods are sometimes available, particularly if they include weeks with Monday holidays. If you would like to do 2 weeks, reserve the first week and indicate your interest in the second week. If the second week is not reserved by 6 weeks beforehand, we will then reserve it for you as well. If one of the weeks is a 4-day (holiday week), then you can reserve both weeks.
  • What happens if I cannot attend?
    Due to the limited number of slots we have a no refund policy. If you are unable to attend, please contact us ASAP. If we are able to fill your slot, you will be able to reschedule at no extra cost.
  • Will I receive a certificate?
    You will receive a certificate from the Emory CME office documenting your hours. In addition, you will receive a letter indicating the number and type of studies performed that can serve as documentation for certification by the ASDIN.
  • How do I get certified?
    Instructions and forms are on the ASDIN website (www.ASDIN.org).
  • What if there are not enough ultrasounds during my mini-fellowship?
    The goal is for you to perform at least 40 ultrasound studies (required for ASDIN certification) during the week (plus those done during the 2-day course). Unfortunately, we have no control over the number of studies ordered in a given week and sometimes that goal is not reached. When things are slow, we will try to find additional studies. If you are still under the goal, there are 2 options. You may return for additional days free of tuition or you may perform studies at your location and send the images to us.
  • Is there a discount for trainees?
    No. The only discount is for full-time faculty in a training program. 

Hotels

  • Courtyard Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory (recommended)‚ 404-371-0204 - This hotel is located in downtown Decatur, less than 3 miles from Emory and a very short walk from many restaurants, coffee shops, pubs and shops, and the MARTA station which runs trains to the Atlanta Airport. Free shuttle to Emory campus.
  • Emory Conference Center Hotel and Emory Inn‚ 800-933-6679 or 404-712-6565 - Within walking distance to Emory campus and some restaurants. Shuttle service to campus.
  • University Inn at Emory‚ Reservations:‚ 800-654-8591 - A short walk to the Emory campus - shuttle Service available
  • Holiday Inn Express Atlanta-Emory University Area‚ 800 972 2404 or 404-320-0888 - About a mile and a half from the Emory campus (inquire about shuttle service)

Contact Us

Bonnie Chappell
Renal Division
Emory University
101 Woodruff Circle, WMB
338 Atlanta, GA 30322
bchappe@emory.edu