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 - July 5, 2024


We ran the POCUS FUNdamentals course for the new UBC R1 emergency medicine residents and PEM fellows. It was great to meet the new cohort of residents, as well as to have a lot of familiar faces help us as instructors: Melissa Skaugset, Torey Lau, Steph Mokrycke, Anne Sutherland, and Krittika Bhende.

News - June 25, 2024


The program celebrated the year end graduation of our 2024 fellowship cohort with lunch at East is East and a round of disc golf at QE park. We bid farewell to Alex Wilson who will be moving to Victoria, Caroline Kowal who will be returning back to Winnipeg, and Ève Sauriol-LaPalme who will be going back to Quebec (Montreal & Puvirnituq). We’re delighted that Kia Dullemond and Rukaiyah Lakkadghatwala will be staying in Vancouver to join our POCUS faculty for the upcoming year. Best of luck to all our graduating fellows in their future endeavors!

News - May 13, 2024


Justin Ahn hosted us in his backyard for fellowship journal club. We had great discussion reviewing the following 3 papers: Tsoutsoulas case report on endophthalmitis identified with POCUS, Tessaro study on pediatric ocular POCUS for identifying optic disc elevation to diagnose increased intracranial pressure, and Gibbons prospective study on the test characteristics of a sonographic protocol for diagnosing aortic dissection.

News - February 21, 2024


This new publication in Canadian Family Physician describes the demographcis, locations, education and training, and attitudes of practitioners using POCUS in rural British Columbia. While the vast majority of emergency department-based practitioners had access to POCUS, over half of respondents are using it in the clinic setting. However, there are still considerable barriers, especialy lack of training. Our paper is freely accessible, so check it out!

News - February 13, 2024


The POCUS fellowship enjoyed a successful Whistler retreat where we discussed important career considerations including wellness, POCUS leadership, financial literacy, and career longevity. Congratulations to Alex Wilson on winning a competitive round of fellowship Jeopardy! The group enjoyed a couple of beautiful bluebird days on the slopes.

News - January 30, 2024


Another new publication from VanPOCUS. This is a Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) recommendation statement on POCUS disinfection. We provide sensible recommendations on ultrasound machine and equipment cleaning and disinfection, including what level of disinfection is required for usual diagnostic and procedural ultrasound use.

News - January 8, 2024


JournalFeed is featuring the most recent POCUS literature primer paper on cardiac arrest and shock. Check out their review and endorsement on their site!