News at Medicine - August 2012 - Point of Care Ultrasound Program at Memorial

Point of Care Ultrasound Program at Memorial
August 6, 2012
The Faculty of Medicine’s inaugural Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) Program took place on July 7th, 2012 at the Health Sciences Centre Day Surgical Unit and was a re“sounding” success. Twenty-three postgraduate year one (PGY1) residents with broad and varied career goals participated in what is believed to be Canada’s first formal multidisciplinary PoCUS program. 

Residents from the rural family, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, general surgery, and emergency medicine programs spent many long hours reviewing lectures and completing examinations on Memorial’s PoCUS website. The website, designed on Memorial University’s learning management system Desire2LearnTM, enabled residents to complete the pre-requisite training requirements at home at their own pace.

The online coursework led to the 10-hour ultrasound scanning session on July 7th. Residents spent hours generating ultrasound images and developing technical skills with the help of participants in the Standardized Patients Program.

Educational efforts focused on developing ultrasound skills on the following topics: FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma), ultrasound-guided thoracentesis and paracentesis, pneumothorax and pleural fluid detection, early pregnancy assessment, limited cardiac echo, non-invasive cardio-vascular monitoring, and abdominal aortic aneurysm detection.

The program was a huge success with 96% of first year residents offered ultrasound training participated in and completed it.

Over the upcoming months, these residents will work towards developing their competency and meeting Memorial University’s minimum training requirements in specific areas of their choice depending on their respective discipline.

Course setup, day surgery unit

Dr. Michael Parsons introducing technical aspects of ultrasound machine operation

Dr. Peter Rogers lecture on Early Pregnancy Assessment

A busy day

Dr. Gillian Sheppard reviewing the FAST exam

Dr. Andrew Smith discussing the detection of pleural effusions