About Us

Our mission is to promote the safe and effective use of point of care ultrasound (POCUS) 

Our goals

• To establish rigorous standards of training for POCUS use in Canada

• To provide certification upon completion of comprehensive POCUS training

Our principles

• Clinical judgment always takes precedence over POCUS

CPoCUS Team

Peter Steinmetz

President, Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, incorporation, by-laws, course accreditation, MOC Program, e-Learning Program, Family Medicine track, CME credentialing, Committee for Exception to Certification, Committee for Instructor Requests, Committee for Course Accreditation.

Greg Hall

Vice-president, Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, examinations editing, Instructor Apprentice Program, society position statements, Resuscitation / Diagnostic track, Musculoskeletal track, Committee for Instructor Requests.

Geneviève Dallaire

Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, translation of all society material, Musculoskeletal / Resuscitation TEE tracks, Committee for Exception to Certification, Committee for Instructor Requests.

Chau Pham

Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, examinations editing, Committee for Course Accreditation, CME credentialing.

Stéphane Rhein

Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, UPVA / Bladder Basics track, Committee for Exception to Certification.

Xin Mei Liu

Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, Committee for Exception to Certification, Committee for Instructor Requests.

Robert Devins

Member, Board of Directors

Examinations content, Diagnostic / Resuscitation tracks, Committee for Course Accreditation, CME credentialing.

Sharon Oleskevich

Executive Director, Member, Board of Directors

Examinations editing and publishing, new track roll-out, new/old website, MOC, eLearning, committees, applications, CME creditialing, course accreditation, annual report, newsletters.

Peter Tonseth

Radiology consultant

Irene Ma

Internal Medicine consultant, Committee for Simulation Scans

Christiane de Brentani

Member,
Administrative team

Manager for IP certificates, book keeping.

Nick Burton

Member,
Administrative team

Manager for Committee for Exception to Certification and Committee for Instructor Requests.

Natalina DiCredico

Member,
Administrative team

Manager for member queries, live online support for course directors, FAQs.

Laurie Desbarats

Member,
Administrative team

Manager for group registrations and application translations.

History

1970s
- Point of care ultrasound (POCUS) originates in Europe and Japan
1970s
2000
- POCUS arrives in Canada
2000
2002
- Creation of the Canadian Emergency Ultrasound Society (CEUS) to promote rigorous POCUS training in emergency medicine
- Creation of a certification process which included completion of an introductory course, logged scan requirements, and three examinations
- Graduates were awarded Acute Care CORE Independent Practitioner (IP) certification in four modules (sub-xiphoid cardiac, aorta, abdomen, first trimester obstetrics)
2002
2016
CPoCUS
- Creation of the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS)
- Expansion towards Family Medicine, Resuscitation, Diagnostic, and Musculoskeletal IP certification
- Created online certification process
- Created website with online membership accounts
- Created electronic national/international database of IP certified members
- Created electronic membership communications
2016
2017
- Added lung component to CORE IP certification by including two new modules: pleural effusion and pneumothorax. Members certified as CORE IP before December 21, 2017 are encouraged to complete the CORE Lung Competency Declaration to upgrade their CORE IP certification to include the new modules
2017
2018
- Initiated publication of Annual Reports with analytics and finances
- Initiated and sponsored an Outreach Program in East Africa
- Initiated and sponsored an Annual Awards program
- Revised Acute Care CORE IP certification examinations
- Published Annual Report 2017
2018
2019
- Released CORE curriculum with instructional videos
- Launched certification track ‘Family Medicine CORE’ with examinations
- Launched Maintenance of Competency program (MOC)
- Initiated earning CME credits for completing MOC program and CPoCUS-accredited courses
- Updated by-laws
- Released application forms for Exception to IP Certification
- Released free app for examiners to proctor certification exams on tablets and phones
- Released guidelines for creating new tracks
- Published Annual Report 2018
2019
2020
- Launched certification track ‘Resuscitation’ with curriculum and examinations
- Released COVID-19 ultrasound machine disinfecting protocols in 12 languages
- Launched eLearning program for online learning during COVID-19 pandemic
- Lobbied Health Canada for hand-held ultrasound machine approval (Butterfly iQ)
- Released online application forms for Track Instructor (TI) and Master Instructor (MI) requests, Exception to Certification, and Course Accreditation
- Published Annual Report 2019
2020
2021
- Launched certification track ‘Diagnostic’ with curriculum and examinations
- Launched certification track ‘Musculoskeletal’ with curriculum and examinations
- Responded to member feedback (removed CORE TI certification, increased bilingual content)
- Released tailored 'Modular' IP certification
- Published communications with course directors
- Offered group discount for membership dues and certificate fees
- Offered on-call support for IP certification courses
- Offered CME credits for 1:1 certification training
- Revised CORE IP certification examinations
- Published Annual Report 2020
2021
2022
- Launched certification track ‘Resuscitation Transesophageal Echocardiography (TEE)’ with examinations
- Expanded MOC program to Resuscitation and Diagnostic tracks
- Launched new website
- Published Annual Report 2021
2022

The CPoCUS IP certificate is currently
the only national-level proof of competence in POCUS

Our society is deeply grateful for the valuable contributions of
previous Board members and administrative staff

Peter Ross, MD (President 2002-2016)
Chuck Wurster, MD (President 2016-2021; Atlantic representative 2002-2016)
Andrew Kilpatrick, MD (Vice-President 2002-2016)
Ray Wiss, MD (Secretary 2002-2016)
Sylvain Croteau, MD (Québec representative 2002-2016)
Robert Chen, MD (Ontario representative 2002-2016)
Ben Ho, MD (Western Canada representative 2002-2016)
Jenn Wurster, RN (Certificate manager 2016-2021)
Patrick Tardif, MD (Board of directors 2016-2018)
Laurie Robichaud, MD (Board of directors 2018-2019)
Troy Neufeld, MD (Board of directors 2019-2021)

CPoCUS Annual Awards

This year’s award recognizes Kacper Niburski for his research study: “Sonoist: An innovative peer-teaching initiative for PoCUS by medical students” presented at Amee, 2020. His research demonstrated that near-peer teaching on hospitalised patients improves the sonographic and clinical knowledge of both experienced and beginner PoCUS practitioners, increases perceived benefit and advocacy for ultrasound, and is preferred over other teaching modalities.

This year’s award recognizes Dr Brendan M. Munn and his colleagues (Phillips, Laraya, Boivin-Arcouette) for their research study: “Gastric ultrasound in stable patients with decreased level of consciousness and recreational substance use — are presumed full stomachs full?” published in CJEM 2020, CAEP 2020, and CAS 2020. Their research demonstrates the potential utility of gastric ultrasound in stratifying aspiration risk in intoxicated patients with decreased Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).

This year’s award recognizes Dr Deirdre Duffy for providing an instruction module for instructors in Tanzania and Kenya to teach lung ultrasound targeted specifically for covid-19 suspect patients. The module was developed initially for use in Alberta and modified for the East Africa environment. This program delivers an easy-to-learn sensitive method for identifying those with likely viral pneumonitis, and practical options for machine cleaning.
This year’s award recognizes Drs Daniel Grushka and Kyle Carter for educating Family Medicine residents through the creation of the introductory FamPOCUS course and curriculum. The course introduces Family Medicine residents to POCUS and its applications within an ambulatory setting. Both doctors are full time faculty members in the Dept of Family Medicine at Western University, London, Ontario and are the Directors of the Enhanced Skills Program (outgoing and incoming, respectively).

CPoCUS Awards Application forms

Educator of the
Year Award

This award recognizes a CPoCUS member who has made exceptional contributions as a POCUS educator in Canada.
Educator applications can include: – Design or administration of POCUS teaching programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, or CME level. – Significant teaching with exceptional teaching skills as a bedside instructor in – POCUS courses in Canada. Initiation or implementation of POCUS teaching for medical science trainees in Canada.

Outreach
Award

This award supports POCUS educational programs designed or organized by CPoCUS members for use in resource-limited environments. Resource-limited environments include remote regions in Canada and low-income countries.
Outreach applications can include: – POCUS continuing medical education courses for clinicians in a resource-limited environment. – POCUS training programs to teach local instructors in a resource-limited environment. – Using telemedicine to teach POCUS in a resource-limited environment

Research
Award

This award supports POCUS related research completed by CPoCUS members who are medical science trainees or staff clinicians. Research applications can include published papers and/or abstracts accepted to POCUS related congresses.
Educator applications can include: – Design or administration of POCUS teaching programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, or CME level. – Significant teaching with exceptional teaching skills as a bedside instructor in – POCUS courses in Canada. Initiation or implementation of POCUS teaching for medical science trainees in Canada.

Outreach Program

CPoCUS is proud to sponsor outreach programs in East Africa

Programs include CPoCUS-accredited IP certification courses

Courses are eligible for CME credits

Get involved, make a difference!

Instructors and Participants at AC CORE IP Bootcamp at MPShah Hospital, Nairobi November 2021
Covid compliant course, Nairobi November 2021

“Guaranteed to be the best teaching experience you’ve ever had!”

For more information please contact Dr. Deirdre Duffy
(CPoCUS CORE/DIAG Master Instructor, RESUS/MSK Track Instructor)

Email: deirdreduffy@hotmail.com
WhatsApp: +1 403 318 7517 

Get certified by CPoCUS

Become a Member

Take advantage of the benefits below and more!

CORE

Access CORE Curriculum

Achieve AC CORE IP certification

Certify others as AC CORE IP

MOC

Access Maintenance of Competency (MOC) Program

Earn CME credits from MOC program

Earn CME credits from courses

Become a CORE Master Instructor