Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship: Dr. Vincent Lau

8 Jul CCUS Fellowship

CCUS Fellowship

Critical Care Western and the Critical Care Ultrasound Program are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Vincent Lau, FRCPC (internal medicine and critical care) is the new critical care ultrasound fellow!

Dr. Lau will embark on a 6 month fellowship here at Western designed to position him as a national leader in the performance and oversight of critical care ultrasound.  In particular, Dr. Lau will focus on:

-advanced scanning techniques (including advanced cardiac, TEE and TCD scanning)
-creation of educational content for this website and social media
-contributing to book chapters and ongoing POCUS research
-co-directing the annual Resuscitative Ultrasound Course
-supervising the critical care ultrasound “POCUS” rotation
-conducting quality assurance on the daily scans carried out in both the citywide ICU’s

We are delighted to have Dr. Lau in the program.

About the Critical Care Ultrasound Fellowship:

The only fellowship of its kind, the CCUS fellowship is designed to support the development of critical care physicians in to leaders in the emerging sub-specialty of critical care ultrasound.  Scanning techniques, scholarly activity (research, educational content development and book chapters) as well as program management (quality assurance, administration and curriculum design) are the prevailing themes of the fellowship.  For a full description of the fellowship, see this document.

If you are interested in the fellowship please contact Dr. Robert Arntfield for more details.

 

 

A Scanning Extravaganza at the Emergency Medicine POCUS Course 2016

8 Jul

The 2016 iteration of the Emergency Medicine – Introduction to POCUS Course  was another resounding success. With 30 amazing participants ranging from resident trainees in EM, Peds EM and Vascular surgery, community physicians and undergraduate students from across Canada, the day was bound to to be great. Concentrating on the fundamental applications, a flipped classroom and a 2:1 participant:instructor ratio allowed maximal probe time for all participants.

A huge thank you to our dedicated @emergencylondon instructors, the organizing and leadership prowess of Dr. Heather Hames and Dr. Grant Coome, the support staff at CSTAR, vendor support from Sonosite and Phillips, and of course all of our volunteer models. The team effort made this an awesome educational event for all.

We are already looking forward to next year!

EM POCUS @westernsono

POCUS Staff Sessions : Thoracic Module

17 Jun T-front

We are excited to have our inaugural ED staff training module in Thoracic POCUS off to a great start! Over a dozen of our ED faculty have already participated in our mini hands on and image interpretation sessions, with more sessions to come. Armed with their new skills in lung sonography, our ED faculty trainees are now off scanning thoraces with online feedback and guidance from our dedicated POCUS team.

Thanks to all that have participated, and special thanks to Cristiana Olaru, Behzad Hassani and Drew Thompson for this CME development.

Stay tuned for our next applications in the modular series.

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Introduction to ED Point of Care Ultrasound 2016

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The Division of Emergency Medicine is once again pleased to host its annual “Introduction to ED Point of Care Ultrasound” course on July 7th, 2016 (Course Full – see below)

This course will emphasize the “Fundamental 4″ views and 5 indications of point of care ultrasound in the ED and is aimed at practitioners who are beginning their pathway to competence in point of care ultrasound.

The “Fundamental 4″ are:

  • Abdominal : Presence of intra-peritoneal fluid? (Yes/No)
  • Abdominal : Presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm? (Yes/No)
  • Subcostal Cardiac : Presence of pericardial fluid? (Yes/No)                                                     Cardiac activity during arrest? (Yes/No)
  • Pelvic : Presence of an intra-uterine pregnancy? (Yes/No)

The course will feature an outstanding faculty to learner ratio for hands-on sessions as well as innovative image interpretation sessions.  These small group sessions emphasize image interpretation skills and serve as intimate venues to reinforce clinical integration pathways.

Course directors are Drs. Heather Hames and Grant Coome. Bedside instructors will include faculty from within the Division of EM’s experienced group of point of care sonographers.

If you have interest in attending as a participant please contact us via email at westernsono@gmail.com (please include Emergency Course in subject line).

**Course full** – we will be keeping a small waiting list, so please feel free to email us.

Some pics from our previous courses can be found here.

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Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course 2016

27 Jan

Course logo 2016

The 7th annual Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course (formerly Critical Care Ultrasound Course) is now open for registration!

(download the brochure for the course here)

The 2 day course (with the option of a 3rd half-day) is being held on August 18th, 19th (and 20th) 2016 at the sophisticated CSTAR facility at University Hospital in London, Ontario.  This is the biggest and most comprehensive course of its kind offered in Canada. It is ideal for any clinician involved in resuscitation, such as intensivists, emergency physicians, anesthesiologists or internists.

In the core 2-day course, we emphasize resuscitative ultrasound in the following domains:

-critical care echocardiography
-lung and pleural ultrasound
-abdominal free fluid
-ultrasound guided vascular access (central, peripheral and arterial lines)
-DVT

For those who wish to stay for the 3rd day, a half-day workshop will focus on more advanced echocardiographic techniques including:

-determination of stroke volume
-quantitative right sided assessment
-valvular assessmentBrochure for ccus 2016 Final
-goal directed TEE

 

Images from last year’s course:

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The course is designed to maximize time spent engaged in practical skills like scanning or practicing image interpretation:

-exceptional participant to faculty ratio of 2:1 for bedside scanning instruction
-lecture content made available online for self-study before course (available at least 8 weeks ahead of course)
-on day of course: very brief lectures with live demonstration reviewing contents from pre-course lectures
-Sono-social the first night of the course with dinner and live music!

Along with our talented local faculty, guest faculty this year include Drs:

Paul Mayo (Northwell University, NYC)
Bret Nelson (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, NYC)
Seth Koenig (Northwell University NYC)
Vicki Noble (Harvard University, Boston)
Scott Millington (University of Ottawa)
Brian Buchanan (University of Alberta)
Aws Alherbish (University of Alberta)

To register and for more details please go to this link:  http://www.cvent.com/d/9fq0hg

The brochure for the course can be found here

Contact tammy.mills@lhsc.on.ca with any questions.

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