Category Archives: Proficiency

POCUS and the Athletic Trainer



“The biggest trend is the innovation that is happening on the clinical side of Athletic Training, right now. It’s integrating a lot of the imaging technology that allows us to do a better job.”- Skylar Richards, Director of Sports Science & Head Athletic Trainer at FC Dallas.

Listen as Skylar Richards discusses his use of point-of-care ultrasound in role as an Athletic Trainer.

Starting in the MLS in 2007, Skylar’s primary focus is not the classic sports science approach but injury prevention through detection and recovery strategies. These strategies focus on increased training availability, not load management. In 2015 he organized various club partnership to open the first US professional soccer recovery lab integrating daily recovery, prevention, integrated soft tissue mobilization, nutrition, and anti-inflammatory modalities. An ATC, FMS, and massage therapist over seeing 4 athletic trainers, sports nutritionist, massage therapists, chiropractors, and sports scientists for all FCD teams, u12-18 Team and the pro team. Career highlights: 2006 Missouri Valley conference championship 2006 Missouri Valley tournament championship 2006 Frontier League Championship 2008 Major League Soccer (MLS) Supporters Shield Championship 2008 MLS Cup championship 2009 MLS Supporters Shield Championship 2016 US Open Cup Championship 2016 Supporters Shield Championship


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.


POCUS: A Learnable Skill



Victor Rao, MBBS, DMRD, RDMS is a radiologist by training and is one of the pioneers to introduce and develop Point of Care ultrasound learning content for medical students, PA students and residents and CME content for physicians at the USC School of Medicine in Columbia. He was the director of ultrasound education at USC School of Medicine from May 2008 to Aug 2018. He also trained physicians overseas in Tanzania and Philippines to establish POCUS programs. He loves teaching ultrasound and to travel. He has written some chapters in POCUS ultrasound textbooks and in an upcoming eBook. Victor has also worked as a primary care physician in mission hospitals overseas where he enjoyed seeing patients in the clinic and also managed inpatients and performed deliveries, C-sections and minor surgeries. Victor is presently involved with Innovation and The Pocus Certification Academy at Inteleos (formerly ARDMS) as a Global Clinical Content Manager.  Some of his interest include travel, photography, fishing, flying drones and fixing things.