VanPOCUS - High Quality Ultrasound Education

VanPOCUS is a group of Vancouver-based ultrasound experts who are dedicated to providing high quality point of care ultrasound education at all levels of training and practice. From full year fellowships to single day conferences, VanPOCUS provides learning opportunities across a range of specialties and disciplines.

News - January 3, 2022


Our Just the Facts paper on ultrasound guided arthrocentesis made it to number 3 on the top 5 papers in CJEM in 2021 based on Almetric scores. Congratulations to lead author Zafrina Poonja!

News - November 23, 2021


Former fellow Neil Long has published another ultrasound case report, this time in the POCUS Journal. This case highlights the adjunctive utility of POCUS to diagnose a large thigh hematoma causing compartment syndrome of the thigh.

News - November 19, 2021


letter to the editor in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine calling for Canadian healthcare systems to invest more resources in digital archiving systems for POCUS. As we say, “there needs to be advocacy for hospitals to provide appropriate IT funding and resources to implement digital archiving systems, and alternate avenues such as the crowdsourcing of low-cost workflow solutions needs to be explored”.

News - November 3, 2021


VanPOCUS’s Dan Kim moderated a POCUS-focused Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) National Grand Rounds session on November 3rd. He was joined by a fantastic panel of speakers: Gillian Sheppard spoke about ocular ultrasound, Colin Bell described the PENG and ESP blocks and their indications in the emergency department, and Talia Burwash-Brennan reviewed the ultrasound-guided approach to musculoskeletal complaints. If you missed these rounds, you can watch a recording on CAEP’s website.

News - October 25, 2021


Neil Long, one of our former fellows, published a unique case of hemorrhagic cholecystitis identified on point of care ultrasound in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. It’s freely accessible as a “Clinical Images” case, so access the paper to learn more about this uncommon diagnosis.

News - October 9, 2021


We kicked off the new fellowship year by having our fellows, Justin Burton (left) and Nik Humniski (model), teach in the annual UBC Medical Student Ultrasound Symposium. There was enthusiastic turnout from members of the UBC Ultrasound Club, and we had teaching help from Tracy Morton (POCUS lead for the Rural Coordination Centre of BC) and Xin Liu (one of the R3 UBC emergency medicine residents).