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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
So you’re feeling comfortable with assessing LV function, RV function, the pericardium, the IVC and some basic valve stuff. What next? What should you focus on to take your critical care echo game to the next level?
For some inspiration, check out this handbook that Dr. Mark Tutschka (PGY5 – Critical Care) has put together. It is a nice, succinct guide to some of the advanced applications for echocardiography in the ICU that he (and I) feel are most valuable in the initial venture in to Doppler, grading regurgitation severity and some more quantitative analysis that will help with hemodynamics. It is by no means comprehensive but should whet your appetite for something more substantial, like a definitive echocardiography text or this excellent ICU echocardiography book.
The book can be easily bound in to a pocket-sized handbook. We have some here at Western if you’re interested in a free copy.