The UBC Department of Emergency Medicine POCUS Fellowship is a 9-month curriculum designed to train emergency physicians to be leaders in POCUS in Canada. The fellowship is a multi-site program based at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) and St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH).
The program is accredited as an Area of Focused Competence (AFC) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Fellows will be eligible for an AFC diploma in Acute Care Point-of-Care Ultrasonography upon completion of the program.
VGH is a level one trauma center and the primary regional referral center for British Columbia with emergency department volumes of over 95,000 visits per year. VGH is also the home base for UBC’s Royal College emergency medicine program.
RCH is a level one trauma center and the main referral center for the Fraser Valley. With 68,000 emergency department visits per year, it functions as a tertiary care center but maintains the feel of a community hospital. It also hosts the Fraser Site of UBC’s Royal College emergency medicine program.
SPH is a busy, inner-city, acute care hospital in the heart of downtown Vancouver with emergency department volumes of 80,000 visits per year. It is also the main hospital site for UBC’s CCFP-EM program.
Fellows will become expert sonographers in basic and advanced POCUS applications. Fellows are expected to complete 700-800 scans over the course of the fellowship.
Teaching is an essential component of the program. Fellows will have the opportunity to teach medical students, residents, and staff physicians at courses both locally and nationally.
Fellows will prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review. Quarterly journal club reviews new and innovative POCUS literature.
Fellows will learn how to develop and direct an ultrasound program, including equipment purchase, physician credentialing, QI, and inter-specialty relations pertaining to ultrasound.
Applicants must be a resident in a Canadian Royal College emergency medicine program or a board-certified emergency physician (either FRCPC-EM or CCFP-EM), hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in British Columbia as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, and hold or be eligible for appropriate medical liability insurance by the Canadian Medical Protective Association.
Submission deadline for applications is November 1st to start the fellowship in the following academic year. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by phone.
Present: Torey Lau, Emergency Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
2022: Justin Burton, Emergency Medicine, Langley Memorial Hospital, Langley
2022: Nicholas Humniski, Emergency Medicine, Richmond Hospital, Richmond
2021: Abdullah Hammad, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
2021: Jason Freder, Emergency Medicine, St Mary's Hospital, Montreal
2021: Zafrina Poonja, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver
2021: David Smith, Emergency Medicine, Victoria General Hospital, Victoria
2020: Neil Long, Emergency Medicine, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
2019: Lauren Arthurs, Emergency Medicine, Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna
2019: Jen Chao, Emergency Medicine & Critical Care, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
2019: Véronique Dion, Emergency Medicine, Laval University, Quebec City
2019: Tommy Merth, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
2018: Diphile Iradukunda, Emergency Medicine, Scarborough Health Network, Toronto
2018: Jonathan Lee, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
2017: Philip Fitzpatrick, Emergency Medicine, Saskatoon Health Region, Saskatoon
2017: Rahim Manji, Emergency Medicine, St Paul's Hospital, Vancouver
2017: Derek Murray, Emergency Medicine, Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver
2017: Swetha Sriram, Internal Medicine, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey
2017: Margaret Zhang, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
2016: Huma Ali, Emergency Medicine, South Health Campus, Calgary
2016: Tara Cessford, Internal Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster
2016: Christine Henderson, Emergency Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
2016: Simon Jones, Emergency Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
2016: Charles Stringer, Emergency Medicine, Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver
2015: Mario Francispragasam, Emergency Medicine & Critical Care, St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver
2014: Dayan Huang, Emergency Medicine, Burnaby Hospital, Burnaby
2014: Philip Stasiak, Emergency Medicine, University Health Network, Toronto
2014: Michael Wolf, Emergency Medicine, South Health Campus, Calgary
2013: Matt Bouchard, Emergency Medicine, Victoria General Hospital, Victoria
2013: Wailliam Lee, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver
2012: Tong Lam, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver