About Us

Our Mission

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 SteinmetzPresident, 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 HallVice-president, Member, Board of Directors

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

Geneviève DallaireMember, Board of Directors

Examinations content, translation of all society material, Musculoskeletal / Resuscitation TEE tracks.

Chau PhamMember, Board of Directors

Examinations content and editing, CORE track, Committee for Course Accreditation, CME credentialing.

Stéphane RheinMember, Board of Directors

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

Xin Mei LiuMember, Board of Directors

Examinations content.

Robert DevinsMember, Board of Directors

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

Sharon OleskevichMember, Board of Directors, Executive director

Examination edits, new track launch, website content, policy communication, MOC, eLearning, Committee for course accreditation, CME credentialing, and annual reports.

Peter TonsethRadiology consultant

Irene MaInternal Medicine consultant, Committee for Simulation Scans

Christiane de BrentaniMember, Administrative team

Finances, book keeping, and group certificate fee payments.

Nick BurtonMember, Administrative team

Committee for Exception to Certification, Committee for Instructor Requests, and application forms.

Natalina DiCredicoMember, Administrative team

IP certificates and certificate queries, general queries, live online course director support, and FAQs.

Janine ParkinsonMember, Administrative team

Newsletters and media content.

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!

“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 

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

Get certified by CPoCUS

Become a Member

Take advantage of the benefits below and more!

Access CORE Curriculum

Achieve FM CORE IP certification

Certify others as FM CORE IP

Access Maintenance of Competency (MOC) Program

Earn CME credits from MOC program

Earn CME credits from courses

Become a CORE Master Instructor