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Who are we?Jacob
Jacob Avila completed medical school in Loma Linda, California, Residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee and an ultrasound fellowship in Lexington Kentucky. During his 4th year of medical school, Jacob was first introduced to bedside ultrasound by Dr. Viam Dinh, who was at that time a senior Emergency Medicine resident. Jacob then matched into the Emergency Medicine residency in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where his ultrasound education was further enhanced by his ultrasound director, Dr. Ben Smith. During residency, Ben and Jacob started working on and subsequently launched the website 5minsono.com, a website dedicated to ultrasound education. After residency, Jacob moved to Lexington, Kentucky where he completed an ultrasound fellowship under Dr. Matthew Dawson. During that time, Jacob began to lecture nationally and internationally, and in 2019 he earned the 2019 ACEP Rookie Speaker of the Year Award after his debut at the ACEP scientific assembly. In 2019, Jacob and Ben launched www.CoreUltrasound.com, a website that combined Ben’s website (UltrasoundoftheWeek.com), Jacob’s 5minsono website and the Ultrasound Podcast into one comprehensive point of care ultrasound website.



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Ben Smith is the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director of the University of Tennessee, Department of Emergency Medicine, Chattanooga, TN.
He received the UTEM outstanding teacher award in 2008 and 2011. He’s created a website called ultrasoundoftheweek.com where I post weekly interesting ultrasound cases and teaching pearls, which was recently migrated to this site (coreultrasound.com). He has also created several tools to aid ultrasound directors: a script that de-identifies ultrasound clips and an online M.mode.ify tool that can be used to create an M-Mode image from any clip. He has completed the ACEP Teaching Fellowship and his interests include landscape photography, digital image manipulation and computer coding.




MikeMichael Mallin has taught tens of thousands of physicians on the topics of point-of-care ultrasound, ultrasound guided procedures and injections, and cardiac ultrasound. He is a co-creator of the Ultrasound Podcast, an ultrasound education tool for physicians, as well as the Ultrasound Leadership Academy, a non-profit ultrasound education company that has taught ultrasound all over the globe. Mike is an avid athlete who loves self-hacking and optimizing fitness, diet, sleep, and supplementation. He has participated in countless adventure races, ultra-marathons, cycling races, and even Crossfit competitions. Mike’s current obsession is the science of longevity – helping people live as long as they can with the highest quality of life obtainable.





How to use this site:

  • 5 Min Sono Vids: Videos are meant to give you a basic how-to-do for a specific US exam.  It’s basic. I won’t be going into subtle findings that you probably won’t use.  I also won’t be going through the history of an exam or the research/accuracy behind it.  It’s just to get you familiar with the exam.
  • Ultrasound of the Week: These are weekly cases that start out with a question, then give you an evidence based answer.
  • Ultrasound Podcast: This tab will show you links to the USP archive videos from before 2020 as well as link to the current audio-only podcast
  • Lectures: Longer form lectures, usually from in-person didactics one of us have given.
  • Tools: These are free-to-use tools and tutorials that Ben Smith created from his mind.
  • Blog: Longer-form write-ups on ultrasound topics.  Think of these like peer-reviewed journal articles (but their free and open access!)

While we make every effort to produce accurate information, we are still learning. This website represents how we have interpreted the ultrasound literature we have seen or read. We welcome any comments, suggestions or correction of errors.  By reading the content of this website, you agree not to use this information as medical advice to treat any medical condition in either yourself or others, including but not limited to patients that you are treating. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having. This entire disclaimer applies to any and all content on this website. Under no circumstances shall any of the contributors on this website be responsible for damages arising from use of this website.
This website should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the website.
The content of this website is formed by our own opinions and do not represent the views or opinions of the UT Chattanooga Emergency Medicine Residency, the Erlanger Baroness hospital or the University of Kentucky.

Contact us: [email protected]

Conflicts of Interest:
Jacob is an independent consultant for Vave Health, Butterfly and Echonous.
Ben is an independent consultant for Caption Health and Philips.

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