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 - 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!

News - November 23, 2023


VanPOCUS has a new publication out with another POCUS literature primer – this time, it’s key papers on POCUS in cardiac arrest and shock. The expert panel used a modified Delphi to identify the top 5 most influential papers on the use of POCUS in cardiac arrest and POCUS in shock. Check it out in the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine!

News - November 1, 2023


Tom Jelic hosted an outstanding CAEP Emergency Ultrasound Committee virtual journal club on November 1st. There was VanPOCUS representation, as one of our fellows, Caroline Kowal, presented on a paper comparing ultrasound guidance to landmark for subclavian vein catheterization (Subramony R et al. Additionally, Kanisha Cruz-Kan, a University of Manitoba POCUS fellow, reviwed our VanPOCUS publication on ultrasound for peritonsillar abscess (Kim DJ et al.

News - October 21, 2023


VanPOCUS ran a POCUS workshop this past weekend for the anesthesia group at BC Women’s Hospital. We had an awesome instructor crew, including Maja Stachura and our fellow Caroline Kowal. The anesthesia group were engaged and excited about POCUS and had a natural knack for picking up the skill set.