CCUS Institute POCUS & Resuscitationist Mini-Fellowship: Evolution.

 

So over the last couple of years, the POCUS Mini-Fellowships have been slowly but steadily morphing into POCUS-Resus training.  With POCUS essentially critical in all aspects in resus, including venous congestion assessment, ventilation, diagnostics, it is a natural extension to blend the exchange into many of the other tools that we use, including discussions around fluids choices, pressor choices, monitoring using NIRS tissue oximetry, ETCO2, and overall resuscitation strategies.

Some structured workshops will include percutaneous pigtail insertion, vascular access phantom practice and both surgical and percutaneous surgical airway manikin practice, depending on participants’ choice.

We have recently expanded with the addition of Dr. Philippe St-Arnaud, ER and CC doc and EDE (Emergency Department Echography) Instructor extraordinaire, who will increase our availability – which had been fairly limited – apologies to those whom we could not accommodate due to scheduling reasons.

This is an excellent complement to an RLA (I’m part of that faculty) or ULA fellowship, to bring a real clinical experience into the mix.

Of course, if you are a canadian resident you can get a whole month of this for free by doing an ICU elective at Santa Cabrini Hospital (well, americans are also welcome but more hoops to jump thru!).

For more details and registration information see here.

And here is some of the most recent feedback from the fellows:

 

        This review is for the CCUS Institute Bedside Ultrasound (US) Mini-Fellowship. I was fortunate to do the mini-fellowship after the Hospitalist & Resuscitationist conference, and I was able to put into practice various techniques that we learned. Dr. Rola was a pleasure to work with and was well-versed with the latest US and free online access meducation (FOAM). The atmosphere was conducive to learning, and we picked up an ultrasound almost immediately and used it extensively through each day. We used various US machines and were able to get a good feel for all of them. My US experience before the mini-fellowship had been a two-day introductory course with healthy medical students as volunteers. At the mini-fellowship, being able to learn on actual critically ill patients was illuminating and helped cement what I had learned. We also went over relatively new bedside techniques such as point-of-care trans-cranial doppler (TCD) and optic nerve US (ONSD). Overall, the experience was well worth the 2800 mile trip, and I would enthusiastically recommend it to anyone that is interested in learning practical applications of US. – Dr. Pranay Parikh, Los Angeles, USA.

So join us for a few days of intense, real clinical learning.

cheers,

 

Philippe

Great things to come at TheRounds! Webminar Series 2017

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Just to let everyone out there know about a cool thing coming up on TheRounds (www.therounds.ca), which is a professional network for medical students and physicians, permitting an exchange of ideas and knowledge between peers in a secure network (verifiable credentials needed, but free to join).

So we are starting up what should be a pretty cool series of webminars in the next couple of months, and I’ve been asked to chair the scientific committee, so we’ll be drawing up the programme in the next month or so, so needless to say we should have some familiar FOAMed names in the fields of ED/CC and probably hospital medicine contributing.

We’ll be sure to cover interesting topics, controversial ideas, groundbreaking studies and set it all in  physiology, with the philosophy of individualized care. I’m happy to entertain ideas and requests from the FOAMed world, and highly encourage everyone to join and contribute. You won’t find any “industry” talks here, I guarantee it.

So great topics and speakers aside, this will be a great CME opportunity, as the formula will include the faculty remaining active answering questions for a couple of weeks after each webminar, which will likely feature 2-3 talks on a given topic. Even better, TheRounds also has a system that keeps a log of your CME (including browsing time) so it will be really simple to tally every year.

So looking forward to this new venture, and hope to see a slew of the FOAMers join in!

 

cheers

 

Philippe