UBC POCUS Fellowship

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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) and Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH).

Vancouver General Hospital

VGH

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.

Royal Columbian Hospital

RCH

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.

Curriculum

Sonography

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

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.

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Research

Fellows will prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review. Quarterly journal club reviews new and innovative POCUS literature.

Administration

Fellows will learn how to develop and direct an ultrasound program, including equipment purchase, physician credentialing, QI, and inter-specialty relations pertaining to ultrasound.

Application Process

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.

Fellows

Current: Abdullah Hammad, Fellow, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, BC Children’s Hospital
Current: Jason Freder, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Delta Hospital
Current: Zafrina Poonja, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital
Current: David Smith, Clinical Associate, Critical Care, Vancouver General Hospital
2020: Neil Long, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Burnaby Hospital
2019: Lauren Arthurs, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Kelowna General Hospital
2019: Jen Chao, Fellow, Critical Care, UBC
2019: VĂ©ronique Dion, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, University of Laval
2019: Tommy Merth, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital
2018: Diphile Iradukunda, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Queensway Carleton Hospital
2018: Jonathan Lee, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital
2017: Philip Fitzpatrick, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Saskatoon Health Region
2017: Rahim Manji, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Surrey Memorial Hospital
2017: Derek Murray, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Lion’s Gate Hospital
2017: Swetha Sriram, Staff Physician, Internal Medicine, Surrey Memorial Hospital
2017: Margaret Zhang, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital
2016: Huma Ali, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, South Health Campus
2016: Tara Cessford, Staff Physician, Internal Medicine, Royal Columbian Hospital
2016: Christine Henderson, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital
2016: Simon Jones, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, St Paul’s Hospital
2016: Charles Stringer, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Surrey Memorial Hospital
2015: Mario Francispragasam, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital
2014: Dayan Huang, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Burnaby Hospital
2014: Philip Stasiak, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, University Health Network
2014: Michael Wolf, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, South Health Campus
2013: Matt Bouchard, Ultrasound Director, Emergency Medicine, Victoria General Hospital
2013: Wailliam Lee, Staff Physician, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital
2012: Tong Lam, Quality Improvement Program Director, Emergency Medicine, Vancouver General Hospital

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