2016 Canadian Resuscitative Ultrasound Course – A Resounding Success

26 Aug

With 72 learners, 25 faculty and 2.5 days of high intensity, resuscitative ultrasound training, the 2016 CRUS course outdid itself even this year.  In addition to the usual features of the course like a flipped classroom curriculum (eliminating lectures altogether), 5 hours a day of practical training and a 2:1 learner to trainer bedside ratio, this course offered a new general simulation station (ultrasound integrated, of course), star studded local, national and international faculty and a showcase of the newest and most innovative ultrasound techniques and equipment.  Also, this year, lunchtime Kahoot sessions and an optional third day was added to address the growing interest in learning advanced echocardiographic techniques to be applied at the point-of-care were exciting additions to our program.

A huge thank you to all those learners, faculty, vendors and staff (esp the CSTAR staff and Rebecca Rondinelli) for making this a memorable experience!

This scale of course can only happen once a year so mark your calendars for the 2017 course which will take place on August 17 and 18 2017.  Keep tabs on this website for announcements or, if you would like to be emailed when course registration for 2017 opens, please email Tammy Mills at tammy.mills@lhsc.on.ca

 

For some snaps of the course this year, see our gallery below.

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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