Hands-On Ultrasound Education Acute Care (HOUSE EM)

Hands-On Ultrasound Education Acute Care (HOUSE EM)

Invite us to your community

Target Audience:

Family Physicians, Emergency Physicians, and Nurse Practitioners providing emergency care in rural and remote settings.

Course Format: Hands-on, interactive ultrasound workshop and online pre-learning.


We are not currently scheduling any HOUSE courses in 2020. Our team is actively exploring options for virtual or modified in-person courses that meet new safety guidelines, including a few small pilot courses. If you are interested in bringing one of these courses to your community, email us at cpd.house@ubc.ca and receive updates on when courses will be available.

Visit us at house.ubccpd.ca for more information and resources. Contact us at cpd.house@ubc.ca to invite us to your community!

What will I learn?

  • How to use point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in your community
  • Skills to enhance your practice
  • Applications to expedite diagnosis and treatment of urgent or life-threatening conditions

What to expect?
The Hands-On Ultrasound Education Program delivers innovative content and on-site learning. Customize the course to the needs of your community by selecting from a menu of ultrasound topics.

Part 1: Online
Learners complete online modules prior to on-site learning.

Part 2: Hands-on Workshop
On-site learning, including practice using live models and simulation equipment.


Your community will decide what you want to learn. See more information and sample agendas on the HOUSE Website.  

Example topics:

  • Ultrasound for Shock (8 hours): subxyphoid and PSL view, pneumothorax and lung point, eFAST, IVC, AAA, DVT, vascular access
  • Ultrasound for Trauma (6.5 hours): eFAST, subxyphoid view, pneumothorax and lung point, fractures, vascular access
  • Ultrasound for Abdominal Pain (4 to 7 hours, depending on need for FAST): gallbladder, FAST, Renal, AAA, ectopic
  • Ultrasound for Ambulatory Care (2 to 4 hours): bones, soft tissue, MSK, DVT, ocular, procedures

Skills Gained

As a result of attending this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Manage the settings on the POCUS unit to optimize the images obtained through employing the basic physics of ultrasound waves;
  2. Describe the theoretical knowledge required to perform point-of-care ultrasound; 
  3. Demonstrate competency in the manual skills required to perform point-of-care ultrasound.

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Kate Meffen, Education Coordinator, at cpd.house@ubc.ca

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