The WVU Emergency Medicine Division of Emergency and Clinical Ultrasound is the only one in the state. We started the first and only POCUS fellowship in West Virginia. POCUS is a well-developed strength in our department. Our POCUS studies are archived in our hospital’s picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and documented in the electronic medical record (EMR). This allows continuous quality improvement to be performed and provides revenue to re-invest into the program. Our educational programs span undergraduate (medical school), graduate (residencies and fellowships), and continuing medical education. We teach a longitudinal POCUS curriculum that begins in the first year of medical school at the West Virginia University School of Medicine. We also lead practical teaching of POCUS for other medical specialties and disciplines as well.


  • Provide state of the art clinical ultrasound services for patients across the WVU Department of Emergency Medicine.
  • Provide cutting edge ultrasound education to a broad range of learners and medical providers.
  • Contribute to the growing scientific knowledge regarding clinical ultrasound.

Division Contacts

Our faculty consists of six POCUS specialist faculty physicians as well as Stacy Grimmett, our outstanding faculty sonographer.

A photo of Joseph Minardi.
Joseph J. Minardi, MD
West Virginia University
Professor, Director, WVU Medicine Center for Point-of-Care Ultrasound, Emergency Medicine


In our primary emergency department, there are 9 state-of-the-art POCUS systems for use in the care of our patients and education of our learners.

In our simulation training and education for patient safety (STEPS) center, there are 20 state of the art ultrasound systems in a dedicated training space. The STEPS center also houses a fleet of handheld POCUS units (GE V-scan extend) to allow independent practice for learners. Additionally, our department has incorporated the Butterfly IQ portable POCUS device for use by our faculty and learners in a multitude of capacities. We have 6 common Butterfly IQ probes available in our department.

Learn more about STEPS