Welcome to the St. Paul’s Emergency Department and University of British Columbia elective in point-of-care ultrasound (PoCUS)!

Lay of the Land and Objectives

We are excited that you will be joining us! You are participating in this rotation because you want to improve your PoCUS skills. These will vary depending on your clinical setting and prior expertise.

This is not an EDE course! Our objectives are much broader than IP certification standards and you are getting access to scans on real patients with real pathology, under expert guidance.

This is definitely a work in progress, so your feedback will be just as essential to us as ours will be to you on improving your PoCUS skills and clinical integration.

Essential PoCUS is a three-part skill: image generation, image interpretation, and clinical integration. We aim to develop all three and you will notice dramatic improvements during your time with us.

Didactics

Prior to starting your rotation or during the first week, it is highly recommended that you review the curated introductory lecture series:

http://bcpocus.ca/intro-pocus-series/

Didactic sessions rotate by teacher and location but are generally on Monday mornings from 0900-1200 with a few exceptions. The updated schedule is here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vYQtmF0ik9c8itO5TkY-m50eMObYgNFh9uo-x2QJvzk/edit?usp=sharing

Scanning sessions

Scanning sessions vary by week.

There is usually one with Oron every Monday afternoon from 1300-1700 that is staff/fellow focused, so rotators do not scan but should attend.

Scanning shifts with the Fellows are to advance their learning and get you hands-on time with the probes. No weekends. A link to the updated schedule will be emailed to you separately.

Evaluations

At the end of the course, you will be asked to complete a rotation evaluation. Please comment honestly. You will receive ongoing feedback during your rotation and then be provided with a course evaluation upon completion based upon the objectives you submitted to us.