Disinfection Protocols

Protocols for hand-held ultrasound devices

Protocols for cart-based ultrasound systems

Guidelines - Safe courses

These guidelines are for situations where ultrasound courses are permitted by provincial healthcare recommendations.

If ultrasound courses are not permitted by provincial recommendations, members can complete the Written exam remotely without the presence of an examiner. Members can also complete the Visual exam remotely while video-conferencing with an examiner. The Practical exam can be completed in person if all participants are wearing personal protective equipment.

Guidelines - New tracks

These guidelines are for creating new tracks

They help maintain high standards of training across diverse tracks

Member Benefit: Members can propose new tracks

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#01 The use of POCUS in hospitals during COVID-19 pandemic (University of Saskatchewan)

#02 Guidelines for safe ultrasound courses

#03 Plans and policies

#04 Evaluation of MOC program

#05 Survey of Canadian POCUS experts on the use of POCUS scans performed on an ultrasound simulator during IP certification training

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CPoCUS reply to members’ feedback in Survey #03

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Frequently Asked Questions

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If you are taking a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

a) Up to 60 certified Mainpro+ credits from CFPC

b) 3 credits per 8 hours of activity; max 24 hours or 72 credits per course from RCPSC

If you are teaching a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are administering a CPoCUS certification exam, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are supervising determinate scans, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

Please see our CME Credits webpage for more details.

Membership is open to all persons interested in POCUS. Please see Question #11 if you are an experienced POCUS user.

A sample of published articles for family medicine residents using POCUS:

a.  Micks et al  (2018) Canadian national survey of point-of-care ultrasound training in family medicine residency programs. Can Fam Phys 64(10):e462-e467.

b. Peng et al  (2019) Canadian national survey of family medicine residents on point-of-care ultrasound training. Can Fam Phys 65(12):e523-e530.

c. Steinmetz, P., Oleskevich, S. (2016) Family medicine ultrasound (FAMUS): indications, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. J Fam Pract 65(8):517-523.

d. Book: https://www.amazon.com/Ultrasound-Primary-Care-Paul-Bornemann/dp/1496366980

e. Bornemann et al., Assessment of Primary Care Physicians’ Use of a Pocket Ultrasound Device to Measure Left Ventricular Mass in Patients with Hypertension, J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Nov-Dec.

f. Bornemann et al., Point-of-care ultrasound: Coming soon to primary care? J Fam Pract. 2018.

g. Assessment of a Novel Point‐of‐Care Ultrasound Curriculum’s Effect on Competency Measures in Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education. Paul Bornemann MD 2017 https://doi.org/10.7863/ultra.16.05002

h. Audio file: https://www.pocus.org/resources/the-focus-on-pocus-podcast-episode-6/

i. American Academy of Family Physicians:  https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint290D_POCUS.pdf

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The CORE exams have been completely re-designed and improved! The Written and Visual exams are now conducted online. The Practical exams have been vastly improved. They are now an objective assessment of the image generation skills every IP should possess. To find out more, click here.

For members with no previous IP certificates:

The IP candidate joins CPoCUS if not already a member or renews their account as a Noncertified Member ($25) .
IP candidate passes the exams.

IP candidate upgrades their account to Certified Member to receive an IP number, an IP certificate, and Certified Membership for one year ($125).

For members with a previous IP certificates:

The IP candidate renews their account as a Certified Member if membership has lapsed ($125).
IP candidate passes the exams.

IP candidate receives IP certificate.

You must be logged in to pay your membership dues. For best results, we recommend using a desktop computer. Do not use an iPad or tablet. To renew your membership, go to My Account> My Memberships> Renew.

The Exception to Certification application form was created to recognize senior clinicians who have acquired significant POCUS experience outside of the CPoCUS IP certification program.

Members with the following criteria can request an Exception to Certification:

  1. Have significant experience in POCUS scanning (average 7 years)

  2. Have completed 80% of the required number of supervised scans in each track module

  3. Have completed a significant number of POCUS courses

  4. Have significant experience teaching POCUS at courses and/or to individuals

If granted an Exception to Certification, members do not need to complete an introductory course or acquire logged scans and can proceed directly to attempt the three certification examinations.

All members must complete the three certification examinations regardless of experience.

Access the Exception to Certification application form relevant to your track here.

Yes. Anyone can become IP certified if they fulfill the requirements of certification. 

You can download the CORE logbook cover and pages by logging in and navigating to the Members section>relevant track>Logbooks

A list of CPoCUS-approved courses can be found here.

If the course you took is not listed, please contact the Society. Such courses can be approved on a case-by-case basis. An appropriate introductory course must cover the CORE indications and have an adequate amount of bedside scanning time. 

A list of CPoCUS-approved certification scanning workshops can be found in the track webpages in the ‘Train’ section.

CPoCUS is creating a centralized database of IP certified instructors. Please contact the Society and we will do our best to assist you.

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EDTU scans do not count towards CPoCUS certification requirements because:

a) EDTU instructors are not CPoCUS IP certified

b) EDTU courses do not follow the CPoCUS curriculum; thus criteria for a determinate scan may be different than CPoCUS criteria.

For order of payments, see Question #9.

The IP certification process is dependent on the IP candidate using the same email address for paying membership dues, or attempting the Written Exam. The examiner must also use this same email address when submitting an IP Request. The use of multiple email addresses will disrupt the certification process.

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