Category Archives: POCUS

The Importance of Continuing Medical Education



Andrea Funk, has been in the medical education industry since 2011. During her time with the Global Education Group, she’s focused on program management and operations with an emphasis on customer service. Andrea received her degree in business from the University of Denver. When she isn’t managing programs, mentoring employees, or completing outcomes and reconciliations, she likes to spend her time painting, crocheting, or at concerts.


Improving Global Health Through POCUS25



Dr. Victor Rao is a radiologist and POCUS pioneer who first introduced POCUS to future medical professionals at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM). Here, he developed the POCUS curriculum, and the POCUS learning and eLearning content geared towards medical and physician assistant students. Dr. Rao went on to present POCUS to the Arusha Lutheran Medical Center in Tanzania and the University of Santo Thomas in Manila, Philippines. His passions are ultrasound and point-of-care ultrasound.


Using POCUS for Veterinary Care



Richard Markell, DVM, MRCVS, MBA, is a veterinarian, key opinion leader, business and science entrepreneur, and an experienced consultant in the veterinary clinical practice, pharmaceutical, educational, and medical equipment sectors. He has been in his elite equine veterinary practice for 31 years. He has traveled all over the globe as a former veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Team and for international horses and clients. He is currently the Director of the Veterinary Program at Butterfly Network – a disruptive and revolutionary new whole-body ultrasound device. Dr. Markell is a graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of Sand Diego Rady School of Management. He lives in Encinitas (San Diego), California, with his wife and two dogs… a good one and a naughty one! He has a son attending the California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.


How Technology is Changing POCUS



Thomas Baribeault is the founder of the Society for Opioid-Free Anesthesia (SOFA) and is currently serving as President. SOFA is a non-profit organization dedicated to education and research on opioid-free anesthesia and post-operative pain management. Thomas currently practices in Atlanta, Georgia and is responsible for implementing opioid free anesthesia and post-operative pain protocols. He received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Ohio State University, a Master of Science in nursing and anesthesia residency from Case Western Reserve University and a doctorate in nursing practice and pain management fellowship from the University of South Florida.

 

Additional Resources

  1. Don’t miss our blog on how the evolution of POCUS technology continues to advance perioperative care. (need link to blog)
  2. Read the American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine’s (ASRA) statement on why POCUS technology continues to be an innovative tool.
  3. Learn about the Top 10 Perioperative Applications of Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Anesthesiologists.
  4. Here are recommendations for Acquiring and maintaining point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) competence for anesthesiologists.
  5. Take a reflective look back at how far we’ve come in POCUS for Perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasonography.

Mental Health for Healthcare Professionals



 

 

Katie Wiskar, MD, is an academic general internist working at Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, Canada. She recently completed a year of dedicated POCUS fellowship including training in Western University’s prestigious Critical Care Ultrasound program. Her POCUS passions include all things echocardiography, clinical integration of ultrasound findings, and correcting common POCUS myths and misunderstandings.


Tracking COVID-19 with Dr. Yale Tung Chen



Yale Tung Chen, MD, is an emergency medicine physician living with an active COVID-19 infection. He currently serves as the Director of the Ultrasound Division at Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid, Spain.


Importance of External Validation



Dale is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director for Inteleos, the umbrella governance and management organization for the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS), the Alliance for Physician Certification and Advancement (APCA) and the Point-of-Care Ultrasound Certification Academy Councils. Dale has been an executive within the certification community for 20 years. Inteleos is a dedicated ANSI-ISO 17024 accredited organization with over 115,000 active certificants across 70 countries and delivers computer-based examinations in 28 countries. Inteleos global expansion includes customizing assessment programs in China, Latin America, managing the Vascular Scientist assessment program in the United Kingdom and developing and validating varying standards of individual proficiencies in the use of Point-Of-Care Ultrasound through the POCUS Certification Academy. Dale has given numerous lectures and workshops in areas of business and certification throughout the world and presently sits on the Executive Committee for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is the immediate Past Chair of the Association of Talent Development (ATD) Credentialing Institute. Dale is also a co-inventor of a patent for a new type of test question and measurement. Dale has an MBA in finance from the Albers School of Business and Economics, Seattle, WA and also holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

 


Physician Recruiting in the Great White North



Daphné Savoy is a Physician Recruiter in Northern British Columbia (Canada) – she is passionate about life in the North. Daphné lived in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, before moving to her current home in Fort St. John, British Columbia. In her free time, Daphné enjoys fishing, spending time in the wilderness, and dreaming about having her own team of sled dogs!


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.