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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.

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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2015 Western Student Ultrasound Symposium

2 Oct

Once again, students from across Canada came to London’s own CSTAR facility for the 3rd Annual Western Student Ultrasound Symposium. Focusing on basic principles and techniques of Point-of-Care Ultrasound, the Western Student Ultrasound Symposium strives to provide medical students with exposure and training with beside ultrasound.

The highlight of the weekend was once again the SonoGames, where our participants showed off their new-found abilities in an impressive display of knowledge and aptitude with the ultrasound probe.

The Symposium organizers would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank You” to our instructors, to CSTAR, to our volunteer patient models, and to our attendees for making the weekend such an enjoyable experience!”

2015 Critical Care Ultrasound Course – Open for Registration

7 Apr

The 6th annual Western University Critical Care Ultrasound Course is now open for registration!

The brochure for the course can be found here CCUS 2015

The 2 day course, directed by Dr. Rob Arntfield, is being held on August 20th and Aug 21st, 2015 at University Hospital in London, Ontario and is the biggest, most comprehensive course of its kind offered in Canada. It is ideal for any clinician involved in resuscitation, such as intensivists, emergency physicians, general internists and anesthesiologists.

The course emphasizes resuscitative ultrasound in the following domains:

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

See images from last year’s course here.

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 4 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. Bret Nelson (Mt Sinai, NYC), Pierre Kory (U of Wisonsin) and Scott Millington (U of Ottawa).

To register and for more details please go to this link: http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qtc2

The brochure for the course can be found here CCUS 2015

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

 

Introduction to Point of Care Ultrasound 2015

23 Mar

The Division of Emergency Medicine is pleased to announce the 2015 iteration of its annual introductory course in ED point of care ultrasound.  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 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. Behzad Hassani, Heather Hames and Grant Coome. Bedside instructors will include faculty from within the Division of EM’s experienced group of point of care sonographers.

The date for the 2015 course will be July 9, 2015.  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).

Some pics from our previous courses can be found here.

**Update May1, 2015. The course is at capacity, but we are happy to keep your contact info should any spots open up. Looking forward to a great day of scanning!

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