Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU)


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Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU) is a two day course 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.

The course material is current and relevant to both emergency and family physicians.  It is designed to facilitate the completion of the required 50 supervised scans in each of the four areas (aorta, cardiac, abdomen, and pelvis).  EDTU 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.

You can now purchase the course video series for viewing!
There are 6 videos in all – Physics, Aorta, Cardiac, OB, FAST, CVC

Members – $300 – Non-members $400

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner can expect 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.


Earn up to 34 certified Mainpro+ credits

Up to 17 hours of Section 1


Dr. Frank Ackermann, a graduate from the University of Toronto, is now full-time emergency physician at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital, British Columbia. He has an interest in emergency department ultrasonography, being also faculty of the FocusED Sonography course. During a sabbatical in 2009, Frank obtained ARDMS certification in Abdominal Sonography. He also works as a Critical Care Transport Advisor for Interior Health in B.C. Frank also loves to ski, bike and run, and when not at work or taking care of his 3 kids,  he can be found on the local trails in Kimberley, BC.

Dr. Paul Atkinson

Dr. Ryan Henneberry is a full-time Emergency Medicine specialist and Sports Medicine physician from Halifax.  His primary practice is at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, a tertiary care hospital affiliated with Dalhousie Medical School.  He is the Director of PoCUS at the QEII HSC Emergency Department. Ryan is also the past chair of the CAEP PoCUS Committee and a Speaker on the CAEP EDTU course. He has previously taught at the EDE course, the ECCU course and the ICCU course as well.  He has been an examiner for the CCFP(EM) qualifying exam for over ten years and is the team physician for the Halifax Mooseheads Junior Hockey Club.

Dr. Mark Mensour is an Associate Professor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.  His research interests include Procedural Sedation and Analgesia as well as Acute Myocardial Infarction management.  Nationally he is a course developer and speaker with CAEP’s EDTU team.  Provincially he is an ACLS advisor representing for the Heart and Stroke foundation of Ontario.  Most recently his interest in adult education has led him to the co-development of Evidence Based Resuscitation, a course for Emergency Health Care Practitioners. Dr. Mensour is also the Director of CPD for CAEP.

Dr. Paul Pageau began his medical training at the “free-range” McMaster medical school of the 1990’s and completed his emergency medicine training at the University of Western Ontario in 2002.  He then spent his early years at a busy community teaching hospital in the GTA, incorporating US into emergency clinical practice since 2003.  He obtained his CEUS independent practitioner status in 2008.  In addition to discovering the slopes and trails near his new hometown of Ottawa he plans to develop the advanced uses of EMUS at the University of Ottawa and beyond through education and research. Dr. Pageau is also the current President of CAEP.

Dr. Louise Rang is an attending emergency physician at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, ON and an assistant professor at Queen’s University. She completed a one year emergency ultrasound fellowship at Advocate Christ Medical Centre in Chicago in 2004. Louise has been involved with the EDTU course since its inception, and she has taught courses across the country. Additionally, Louise sits on the CEUS board and is involved with the CAEP emergency ultrasound interest group.

Dr. Hugo Viladevall is an Emergency Doctor and Intensivist at Saint Mary’s Hospital Centre in Montreal. He studied Medicine and did his residency training at McGill University.


Physician Member Physician Non-Member Resident Member Resident Non-Member
Registration Fee $3200 $3500 $3000 $3500
Late Registration Fee
(Launched 6 weeks prior to course date.)
$3300 $3600 $3100 $3600


“The course was extremely well run with excellent hands on teaching by an enthusiastic group of physician educators.  The layout allowed for the ability to teach, train and practice of 50+ scans easily over the 2 day course.  The organizer of the course needs to be congratulated and used as a model for this course across the nation.”

“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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