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Emergency Medicine Courses : ‘Introduction to POCUS’ & ‘Introduction to Extended Applications’ Ring in the 2017 Academic Year

12 Jul

The Division of Emergency Medicine 2017-2018 academic year has kicked off with our annual educational showcase in POCUS. With 32 participants from across Canada, including undergraduates from several institutions, resident trainees in EM, Peds EM and Vascular Surgery, as well as local community physicians, the day was bound to be great. Concentrating on the fundamental applications, and this year’s addition of thoracic POCUS, attendees experienced a flipped classroom and a 2:1 participant:instructor ratio allowing maximal probe time for all.

This year also marked our inaugural ‘Introduction to Extended Applications in POCUS’ for local Faculty and incoming resident trainees. Featuring bedside scanning and image interpretation sessions, participants stepped into the realm of POCUS applications for DVT, gallbladder, renal, extended cardiac and thoracic assessments. All will follow up this educational day with a one-month rotation in the ED honing their skills with clinically based scans in these applications.

A huge thank you to our dedicated @emergencylondon instructors, our amazing POCUS Faculty for all of their content development and delivery, the organizing and leadership prowess of Dr. Heather Hames, 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!

 

Introduction to ED Point of Care Ultrasound 2017

23 Jan

 

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 westernsono@gmail.com (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.

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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

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 2017

3 Apr

 

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 westernsono@gmail.com (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.

IMG_2345-001