Advancing the Science of Ultrasound Guided Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine

Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop 2024
(September 28 - 29)

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Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop 2024 [Link to top]

This 2-day hands on point of care ultrasound workshop is offered to physicians & any allied healthcare providers who wish to acquire ultrasound skills for the following applications:

  1. Airway & diaphragm assessment
  2. Lung imaging
  3. Gastric assessment for NPO status
  4. Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma (FAST)
  5. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) assessment
  6. Optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) & intracranial pressure (ICP) measurement
  7. Focused transthoracic echocardiography (TTE)

This comprehensive BASIC point of care ultrasound course consists of two components - 1) 8 hours of self-guided online learning modules developed by USabcd and 2) 2 days of in-person hands-on training.

At the end of this course, participants would have acquired basic knowledge of ultrasound imaging for airway assessment, lung imaging to evaluate hypoxemia, ultrasound imaging to evaluate gastric content and volume, focused ultrasound assessment in trauma, deep vein thrombosis assessment and focused TTE for assessment of 5 critical anesthesia incidents.

This course has a number of distinguishing features.

  • comprehensive peripoperative POCUS course including cardiac and non-cardiac applications relevant to the perioperative period
  • a “flipped classroom model” with approximately 8 hours of self-guided online e-learning training prior to in person hands on learning
  • the online perioperative POCUS e-learning modules are developed by USabcd that includes cardiac, lung, gastric and abdominal (free fluid) ultrasound assessments
  • short introductory presentations followed by longer hands-on scanning sessions
  • 7 + hours of hands-on practice
  • low attendee to faculty ratio (5:1)
  • interactive sessions with friendly faculty and ample time for Q&A

Early registration is encouraged. The Saturday-Sunday workshop will accommodate to a maximum of 40 registrants with a 4-5:1 registrant to instructor ratio. Registration fee will include breakfast, lunch and refreshment on Saturday and Sunday.

Available Dates [Link to top]

September 28 - 29, 2024

Registration [Link to top]

Register early for guaranteed attendance! Online registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration fee will include complimentary meals (breakfast, lunch and breaks x 2 days), hands on practical sessions and examination.

Early Bird Fee (before June 30, 2024):$1,650 (Canadian, tax included)

Regular Fee (after June 30, 2024):$1,870 (Canadian, tax included)

To register (click here)

Fees must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Program Guide [Link to top]

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this point of care ultrasound workshop, the participant should be better able to:

  • describe the basic principles of ultrasound imaging for airway assessment
  • acquire hands on lung imaging skills to evaluate hypoxemic states
  • apply ultrasound imaging to assess gastric content and volume
  • recognize intra-abdominal bleeding and other pathologic conditions in the trauma situation
  • recognize ultrasound signs of DVT
  • perform basic TTE to evaluate cardiac pathophysiology during 5 critical anesthesia incidents
Saturday Day 1
Cardiac POCUS
08:00 Introduction and welcome
08:15-08:30 Obtaining the 5 basic views
08:30-08:45 Assessing LV size and function
08:45-09:00 Assessing RV size and function
09:00-09:45 Hands-on practice: obtaining the views
09:45-10:00 BREAK
10:00-10:45 Hands-on practice: assessing left and right ventricular size and function
10:45-11:00 Q&A
11:00-11:15 Pericardial effusions and tamponade physiology
11:15-11:30 Qualitative assessment of aortic and mitral valves
11:30-11:45 IVC assessment and fluid status
11:45-12:30 Hands-on practice: pericardial effusions and tamponade physiology
12:30-13:15 LUNCH
13:15-14:00 Hands-on practice: qualitative valve assessment
14:00-14:45 Hands-on practice: IVC assessment and fluid status
14:45-15:00 BREAK
15:00-16:00 Hands-on practice: interactive session on image interpretation and case discussion
16:00-16:30 Q&A
16:30-17:00 Extra hands-on practice
17:00 Adjournment
Sunday Day 2
Non cardiac POCUS
08:00 Introduction and welcome
08:15-08:45 Gastric ultrasound with case discussions
08:45-09:00 Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST)
09:00-09:15 DVT assessment
09:15-10:00 Hands-on practice (4 stations for gastric and 4 stations for FAST/ DVT)
10:00-10:15 BREAK
10:15-11:00 Hands-on practice (4 stations for gastric and 4 stations for FAST/ DVT)
11:00-11:15 Q & A
11:15-11:30 Lung ultrasound
11:30-11:45 Airway ultrasound
11:45-12:00 Diaphragmatic function
12:00-12:15 Optic nerve sheath diameter (ONSD) and ICP
12:15-13:00 LUNCH
13:00-13:45 Hands-on practice (4 stations lung and diaphragm/ 4 stations airway and ONSD)
13:45-14:30 Hands-on practice (4 stations lung and diaphragm/ 4 stations airway and ONSD)
14:30-15:00 Q & A
15:00 Adjournment

Faculty [Link to top]

University of Toronto Faculty:

  • Laura Giron Arango, MD
  • Cristian Arzola, MD
  • Diogo Da Conceicao, MD
  • Pablo Perez D’Empaire, MD
  • Michael Dinsmore, MD
  • Rachel Douglas, MD
  • Mika Hamilton, MD
  • Edgar Hockman, MD
  • Deepa Katail, MD
  • Azad Mashari, MD
  • Sarah McDonald, MD
  • Anahi Perlas, MD (Lead)
  • Arun Prasad, MD
  • Karla Pungsornruk, MD
  • Anuja Rathore, MD
  • Marcos Silva, MD
  • Mandeep Singh, MD
  • Sabri Soussi, MD
  • Annette Vegas, MD

Guest Faculty:

  • Camila Arango Ferreira, MD (Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
  • Javier Cubillos, MD (Western University, London, Ontario, Canada)
  • Lars Knudsen, MD (Aarhus University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark)

  • CME Credits [Link to top]

    This education event has been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 1 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Section 1 credits (14.5 credit hours) and the Physician's Recognition Award of the American Medical Association - Category 1 credits (14.5 credit hours).

    This education event has also been approved as an Accredited Group Learning Activity under Section 3 of the Framework of CPD options for the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Section 3 credits (8.5 credit hours)

    Participants of this workshop will receive a maximum of 23 credit hours.
    Cancellation/Refund Policy:

    The full registration fee less $100 administration fee will be refunded, if written notice of cancellation (e-mail: is received before July 31, 2024.

    Cancellation between August 1 and August 29, 2024 will receive a 50% refund.

    There will be NO refund if cancellation after August 30, 2024.

    Registration may be transferred among colleagues or be applied to a future course within one year. In the unlikely event that a course is rescheduled or cancelled, pre-paid registrants will be given the opportunity to transfer to a future course or may receive a full refund. The course organizer will not be responsible for any travel and/or lodging reimbursements.

    Accommodation [Link to top]

    The Chelsea Hotel, Toronto - 33 Gerrard St W, Toronto.
    The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Toronto Downtown - 108 Chestnut St, Toronto.
    The Hilton Toronto Downtown - 145 Richmond St W, Toronto.
    The Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel - 123 Queen St W, Toronto.

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    Directions to Toronto General Hospital [Link to top]

    Learning Centre & Library
    FIRST Floor, Eaton Wing
    200 Elizabeth St.
    Toronto, ON
    M5G 2C4
    Telephone: (416) 340-4800

    How to get to Toronto General Hospital:
    Direction to Toronto General Hospital

    Public Transit:
    The most convenient subway station is Queen's Park subway station, on the University branch of the Yonge-University-Spadina line (Line 1).

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