CURRICULUM

Review the curriculum to achieve IP certification

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Section 1

POCUS basics

Section 2

Advanced skills for certification

Primary author
Chuck Wurster

Editor
Ray Wiss

Translator
Claude Topping (in progress)

Contributing authors (in alphabetical order)
Geneviève Dallaire
Robert Devins
Greg Hall
Irene Ma
Chau Pham
Stéphane Rhein
Laurie Robichaud
Peter Steinmetz
Patrick Tardif
R. Petter Tonseth
Jennifer Wurster

Publishing
Sharon Oleskevich

© Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society 2018
Reproduction or distribution without express written permission is prohibited

CERTIFY OTHERS

To certify others as a FM CORE Independent Practitioner (IP),
an examiner may submit an IP Request

only if:

The IP candidate has completed introductory training, acquired logged scans,
and passed all three CORE examinations

and

The examiner is certified as a CORE IP or CORE Master Instructor (MI)

If you cannot see the button below, you have not met the examiner certification criteria

SCAN DOCUMENTATION

For all Prerequisites, the introductory scans do not count towards certification and do not need to be determinate.

For all Logged scan requirements, there is no requirement for a minimum number of positive scans.

***An ‘unassisted’ scan is one in which the learner generates a determinate image and uses appropriate troubleshooting maneuvers without ANY assistance (verbal or physical) from the instructor.

Sub-xiphoid cardiac

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 30 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised sub-xiphoid cardiac scans.

Logged scan requirements

  • 50 determinate sub-xiphoid cardiac scans supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 5 of the last 10 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’***.

Aorta

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 30 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised aortic scans.

Logged scan requirements

  • 50 determinate aortic scans supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 5 of the last 10 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’***.

Abdomen

a. Upper quadrant

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 45 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised upper quadrant abdominal scans.

Logged scan requirements

  • 50 determinate upper quadrant abdominal scans supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 5 of the last 10 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’***.

b. Pelvis

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 30 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised pelvic scans for free fluid in men and at least 5 introductory supervised pelvic scans for free fluid in women*.

*This requirement is waived for those who have completed introductory scanning for first trimester pregnancy.

Logged scan requirements

  • 5 determinate pelvic free fluid scans in males and five determinate pelvic free fluid scans in females**, all directly supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 2 of the last 5 proctored scans, on both males and females, must be done ‘unassisted’.***

**The requirement for proctored pelvic free fluid scans in women is waived if an IP candidate has completed the scanning requirements for First TM Obstetrics.

First trimester obstetrics

a. Abdominal

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 45 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised First TM pregnancy scans by the abdominal approach.

Logged scan requirements

  • 50 determinate First TM scans, all directly supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor.
    These scans may be a combination of abdominal and transvaginal scans. Persons being scanned do NOT need to be pregnant.

    If an abdominal and a transvaginal scan are performed on a single patient/model, EACH scan may be counted towards logged scan requirements, provided that each scan satisfies all criteria for an appropriate proctored scan.

    Scans performed on transvaginal simulators may also be counted towards logged totals provided that no more than 2 total scans are used towards this total.

  • A minimum of 5 of the last 10 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’.***
    (see criteria for Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)

b. Transvaginal

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 15 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 1 introductory supervised first trimester pregnancy transvaginal scan. This introductory scan can be done on a simulator.

Logged scan requirements

  • 50 determinate First TM scans, all directly supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor.

    These scans may be a combination of abdominal and transvaginal scans. Persons being scanned do NOT need to be pregnant.

    If an abdominal and a transvaginal scan are performed on a single patient/model, EACH scan may be counted towards logged scan requirements, provided that each scan satisfies all criteria for an appropriate proctored scan.

    Scans performed on transvaginal simulators may also be counted towards logged totals provided that no more than 2 total scans are used towards this total.

  • A minimum of 5 of the last 10 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’.***
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)

Pleural effusion

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 30 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised pleural effusion scans.

Logged scan requirements

  • 10 BILATERAL determinate lung scans (total of 20 hemithoraces) directly supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor*
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 2 of the last 5 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’. ***
  • *This assumes that the IP candidate has also successfully fulfilled logged scanning requirements for upper quadrant abdominal certification. If this has not occurred, the required number of bilateral proctored scans for pleural effusion will be 25.

Pneumothorax (PTX)

Prerequisites

Appropriate didactic and practical introduction to technique that must include written materials covering all relevant ultrasound physics, anatomy and theory, a minimum of 30 minutes of live or on-line lectures, and at least 5 introductory supervised pneumothorax scans.

Logged scan requirements

  • 10 BILATERAL determinate lung scans (total of 20 hemithoraces) directly supervised by a CPoCUS CORE instructor
    (see Determinate scan requirements in CORE curriculum)
  • A minimum of 2 of the last 5 supervised scans must be done ‘unassisted’.***

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