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Paediatric Emergency Medicine
Paediatric Emergency Medicine

PEM Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship

The Paediatric Emergency Medicine, Point-of-Care Ultrasound (PEM POCUS) Fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto is an innovative one-year program designed to train future leaders in the emerging field of point-of-care ultrasound.  

This unique program emphasizes establishing technical expertise and advanced understanding of PEM-specific POCUS applications, learning effective POCUS instruction and education strategies, developing program management and leadership skills, and studying POCUS research methods. 

Exposure to pioneering POCUS applications, industry interface, global POCUS initiatives, and collaborative US projects within SickKids further support academic career aspirations.

Join us and be a part of the PEM POCUS  evolution!

Fellow Responsibilities 

  • Faculty shifts in the ED at SickKids:  approximately eight shifts per month
  • Two POCUS scanning shifts per week:  scan active ED patients and instruct POCUS rotators at the bedside
  • Weekly POCUS Journal Club:  participate in an interactive discussion of pivotal and cutting-edge POCUS  literature
  • Weekly image review sessions:  participate in an interactive quality assessment of recent clinical POCUS scans
  • Monthly didactic teaching:  present a 20-minute mini-lecture for POCUS faculty and rotators
  • Quarterly divisional teaching:  present a 30-minute lecture at Rounds for faculty and trainees
  • Academic project: prepare an original academic work suitable for peer review
  • Scholarly project:  prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review
  • Administrative project:  develop a meaningful administrative contribution

Fellow Instruction and Education:

  • Coached 1:1 POCUS scanning shifts with POCUS faculty
  • Weekly didactic teaching by POCUS faculty
  • Complexity model of evaluation and assessment
  • Project Planning and Management Course (optional)
  • International POCUS opportunities (optional)
  • Speciality conference attendance (optional)

Distinctly SickKids:

  • Premier, free-standing, Level-one trauma and tertiary-care pediatric hospital
  • Busy,  inner-city referral Emergency Department
  • Formally trained faculty in EM, PEM and POCUS
  • Beta-test center for eUS hardware and software
  • 24/7 POCUS equipment and reference access
  • Dedicated divisional research faculty and research assistants
  • Advanced multimedia technology


  • Successful completion of a PEM fellowship and PEM Board Eligible in Canada or the United States
  • Hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in Ontario as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario   

Application Process:

  • Application submission deadline for Academic Year 2018-10:  CLOSED  
  • Up to two positions will be awarded on a competitive basis annually
  • Further details and compensation available upon request

Applications for 2018/2019 are now CLOSED.

Applications for 2019/2020 will re-open Spring/Summer 2019


Mark Tessaro MD, FRCPC (PEM)
Fellowship Director Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Divsion of Emergency Medicine 
Research Lead, Emergency Ultrasound Program
Emergency Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine;
Email: mark.tessaro@sickkids.ca

Kelly Sobie
Administrative Assistant - Emergency Ultrasound
Emergency Ultrasound Program
Division of Emergency Medicine
Phone: 416-813 -7654 Ext. 227533
Email: kelly.sobie@sickkids.ca

Mailing Address: 

The Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8