Category Archives: POCUS

Evidence Based POCUS



Listen as author, Dr. Paul Atkinson, discusses the use of point-of-care ultrasound in Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation.

Dr. Paul Atkinson is Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and Saint John Regional Hospital, New Brunswick, Canada. He is the current chair of the provincial Emergency Medicine research committee. Paul is also deputy editor of CJEM, Chief Medical Officer at WorkSafeNB, and is currently VP for ultrasound research for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). He is co-director of the Emergency Critical Care Ultrasound (ECCU) course. His international training included Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia, and Cambridge University Hospitals in the UK. He is the principal investigator and chair of the SHoC ultrasound research network. He has over 80 peer-reviewed publications, as well as being the lead editor on two textbooks, Emergency Medicine an Illustrated Colour Text, 2010; and Point of Care Ultrasound in Emergency Medicine and Resuscitation, 2019. Awards include the inaugural “Best in Class” undergraduate teaching award from Dalhousie University in 2012, and the national Grant Innes Award for Emergency Medicine research in 2014, and the Ian Stiell Researcher of the Year Award from the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians, 2019. Current research interests include PoCUS in critical illness, occupational stress injury, medical education, trauma systems, and prevention, as well as quality in medicine. Paul enjoys cycling and hiking in the wide-open spaces of New Brunswick.


Creating Impact in Rural Areas Using POCUS



Listen to Mark Shaffer, MD as he discuss his use of POCUS for rural healthcare. Dr. Shaffer grew up outside of Baltimore, Maryland and graduated from the Johns Hopkins University in 2004 and from Harvard Medical School in Boston in 2009. Dr. Shaffer then moved south to Columbia, South Carolina where he completed his Family Medicine Residency at Richland Hospital in 2012. After residency, he felt called to international service and pursued a Global Health Fellowship with the USC School of Medicine. He worked in Tanzania, East Africa for over 2 years, first teaching doctors how to treat heart disease, and then running a large program for HIV patients. Eventually, he and his wife were ready to move closer to home. In 2015, Dr. Shaffer returned to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and now works in resident training, hospital care, and outpatient care at the John A Martin Primary Health Care Center. He is board certified in Family Medicine with special interests in obstetrics, pediatric obesity, natural family planning and international health. While working in Tanzania Dr. Shaffer helped develop a program for bedside cardiothoracic ultrasound at the local hospital that persists today. He has published in the field of international POCUS FAST exam training and authored chapters and taught CME courses on bedside cardiac ultrasound.


POCUS: A Great Tool in Diagnostic Procedures



Listen to Dr. Sanjay Patel, Director of Medical Procedure Services at John H. Stronger, Jr. Hospital in Cook County discuss his use of POCUS for diagnostic procedures.


Revolutionizing Australian Medical Practices with POCUS



Listen to Suean Pascoe, B. App.Sc (MRT, GradDip MedUS, AMS, Cert IV workplace training, GradCert Clinical Teaching (Melb), Director, Zedu Ultrasound Training Solutions, talk about how POCUS is revolutionizing Australian Medical Practices.