EDTU: Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound Roadshow

Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU) is designed to provide physicians with a strong foundation in emergency ultrasound. The course philosophy emphasizes hands-on practical instruction to maximize the participants’ learning experience. This is achieved with one-on-one bedside teaching on live models. The models used during the practical sessions will be a combination of normal and true positive patient subjects.

EDTU is offered as a training hub in major centres across Canada. The course material has recently been updated so that it is current and relevant to both emergency and family physicians.

The course is now a two day program and will accommodate twenty learners. It is designed to facilitate

EDTU Partners

CAEP would like to thank our EDTU partners for their generous support. Without them, the EDTU Roadshow could not take place. Our partners include:

the completion of most (if not all) of the required 50 supervised


scans in each of the four areas (aorta, cardiac, abdomen, and pelvis).

The new program includes an e-syllabus as well as five lectures on video. The learners are required to review the materials prior to attending the program. This will allow the instructors to spend less time lecturing and more time instructing during the practical sessions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner should be able to: 

  • Understand the basics of ultrasound physics, image generation and interpretation, and image artifact.
  • Understand the different types of probes used to generate images and the “knobology” of the ultrasound machine.
  • Have completed most (if not all) of their required 50 scans to complete the course
  • Generate limited focused images for all the primary applications of EDTU including FAST, echocardiography, abdominal aorta, pelvic ultrasound in pregnancy, and procedural ultrasound.
  • Understand the difference between EDTU and a formal ultrasound performed in the radiology department.
  • Understand how EDTU is to be used in the clinical assessment of patients and clinical algorithms for patient care.
  • Identify all the important anatomic structures on an ultrasound image that are necessary to interpret the primary examinations
  • Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance program at your local ED.
  • Learn the psychomotor skills necessary to generate accurate ultrasound images
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of EDTU.


EDTU Credits
CFPC (with pre/post activity) MAINPRO C 9
RCPSC Section 1 up to 18

Roadshow Speakers

Frank Ackermann, MD, CCFP, CCFP(EM)
Paul Atkinson, MD, FCEM
Steven Blyth, MD, CCFP(EM)
Guy J. Hebert, MD, FRCPC
Ryan J. Henneberry, MD, CCFP(EM)
Urbain Ip, MD, ABEM
Donna Lee, MD, FRCPC
Paul G. Pageau, MD, CCFP(EM)
Mark Mensour, MD, CCFP(EM)
Pierre Mikhail, MD, CCFP(EM)
Louise C.F. Rang, MD, FRCPC


“This was an excellent course that made a daunting amount of material relatively simple.”

“Overall excellent and informal with balanced presentation and hands on.”

“Thanks for a very worthwhile day-good blend of hands on and theoretical.”

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Any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the EDTU Roadshow by any participant of the said EDTU Roadshow or any other individual shall be at the sole and complete discretion of the said participant or individual.  For greater certainty CAEP and the speakers/presenters shall have no liability whatsoever for any use and/or application, in any location, in any manner, of any of the content or materials of the EDTU Roadshow by any EDTU Roadshow participant or any other individual.