The Division of Emergency Medicine is once again pleased to host its annual “Introduction to ED Point of Care Ultrasound” course on July 6th, 2017.
This course will emphasize fundamental techniques in image acquisition and interpretation and 7 indications of point of care ultrasound in the ED. Course content is aimed at practitioners who are beginning their pathway to competence in point of care ultrasound.
Topics covered will be:
- 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)
- Thoracic: Presence of pneumothorax (Yes/No) Presence of a pleural effusion (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 director is Dr. Heather Hames. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please include Emergency Course in subject line).
Last years course filled up quickly so please contact us if interested.
Some pics from our previous courses can be found here.
The second annual Perioperative Ultrasound Western workshop was yet again, an unparalleled success. Engaging 23 participants, including anesthesiology residents, fellows, and practicing anesthesiologists from academic and community hospitals in South-Western Ontario, this year’s workshop took place over two full days (Dec 3 & 4, 2016) at CSTAR, University Hospital. The workshop was organized by the Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine at Western University and included a panel of nine expert faculty instructors.
The focus of this year’s workshop was on empowering anesthesiologists to make informed patient care decisions with the use of bedside diagnostic ultrasound in the perioperative setting. Domains covered included lung, pleural, airway, gastric, abdominal free fluid, and focused cardiac ultrasound. Structured as a series of short lectures integrated with hands-on practice sessions and case discussions, the course set a new standard for perioperative focused ultrasound workshops.
Thanks to outstanding faculty, superb organization and generous equipment support, participant ratings for the course were overwhelmingly positive. “Excellent course”, “10/10”, “Please continue to offer this workshop” where among the many comments that signified this resounding success. As we approach the new year, stay tuned for more details on our next annual workshop!
Point-of-care valve assessment by Jon Borger
Live demo: The application of color flow Doppler by Ahmed Hegazy
Ramiro Arellano and the practical pearls of lung image acquisition
Jason Chui and Ranko Bulatovic providing expert instruction
Tips and tricks by faculty members Matthew McFarling and Jon Borger
The Division of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce we are offering a 1-year fellowship in point-of-care ultrasound and currently accepting applications.
The Westernsono Ultrasound group decided it was time to share our enthusiasm in POCUS with the world and elevate our program to the next level. With a group of wide experience from both Canada and US based training, we aim to combine the best of both worlds to deliver a unique and cutting edge training program. Strong ties and friendships with leading POCUS experts in other fields within our institution gives us the ability to push the frontier of this exciting area of medicine.
We look forward to bringing in trainees that continue to push us, yet can deal with the quirky and lighthearted approach many of us like to teach with. We do from time to time enjoy a few beverages as we review our images together and plan practice changing projects.
Our goal is to provide you with the expertise and ability to run your own Emergency Medicine ultrasound program.
- Multi-disciplinary collaboration with Critical Care, Anaesthesia and other specialities
- Access and teaching from national and international experts in POCUS
- Established on-line Qpath archiving system for image review
- TEE and Endocavitary Probes in the ER at both University and Victoria Hospital
Full information can be found here
Questions should be sent to: Renee.Vachon@lhsc.on.ca
**Dec 2016 – Positions are now filled – Thank you for your interest and please stay tuned for future updates.
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 email@example.com
For some snaps of the course this year, see our gallery below.
Clutch organizer Rebecca looking after distribution of swag on day 1
Houman Khosravani day 1 director and the CSTAR godesses Tammy and Karen
Bret Nelson cool under pressure demonstrating principles of abdominal ultrasound
Vicki Noble takes us on a tour of lung ultrasound in a live demo
Jeff Granton leads the vascular procedures demonstration
Tania Ligori demonstrates the creep method of vascular access for the participants
Drew Thompson teaches DVT scanning literally with his eyes closed. Now thats an expert.
Seth Koenig and Houman Khosravani co run a small group session
Small group image interpretation session reviews thoracic cases
Panel discussion to cap off day 1: “
Lunchtime Kahoot game session from Brian Buchanan.
Scott Millington looking excited to start day 2 of the course
Seth Koenig doing live demo in from of 100 onlookers
Scott Millington teaches echo using shadow puppets. Amazing.
More high tech props from Scott
Live demo of the subcostal view and technique
Yanick Beaulieu connects with the course from Montreal via REACTS software
3D capabilities of REACTS shows the beam path for various views.
Rob Leeper running ultrasound based resus sim with enthusiasm
Matt Weir going off topic to the kidney (surprise) during the echo day
Will Schultz overseeing IVC assessment
Jeff Yu imparting practical pointers
The overhand grip of the subcostal expertly demonstrated
Some excitement over the anterior mitral valve leaflet
Bourke Tillman – expert instructor and flashiest shirt of the day
Best bow tied faculty award goes to Ranko Bulatovic
John Basmaji teaching at the course as a PG4 – impressive stuff
Ultrasound enriched simulation from Rob Leeper
Travis Kowelessar, expert sonographer, back for his 7th year
Vicki enjoying herself a little too much?
Behzad Hassani providing expert echo advice
Nicole Quigley teaching parasternal long axis technique
Travis training the next generation of nephrologists on how to echo
Frank Myslik with a pensive bedside instruction approach
Here is the pericardium…
A candid teaching moment captured..
Rule #1 for faculty – never pick up the probe, just guide the learner’s hand
Vicki breaking from instruction to do some tai chi
Bret Nelson – handsome and brilliant instructor
The subcostal short axis view being practiced. Essential and seldom taught view.
Hailey Hobbs running an image interpretation session.
Vince Lau discussing interpretation of RV function.
Scott Millington discussing limitations of the IVC.
Brian Buchanan and Vince Lau bring Spectral Doppler to the table on Day 3
Shoeb Ahsan offers expert tips on hemodynamic evaluation of shock on day 3
Scott Millington teaching goal directed TEE to a Western Critical Care fellow
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.