EDTUx Diagnostics


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Course Description

EDTU X is a series of advanced courses for those who have completed and consolidated their basic skills. Various modules will be combined into one-day courses and offered at training hubs across Canada. Each day can accommodate twenty-four learners. The course is relevant for emergency physicians, critical care physicians, internists and family physicians.

Like EDTU, EDTU X maximizes hands-on instruction time by using a high instructor to participant ratio, and by requiring that instructional lectures be watched by participants prior to the start of the course. EDTU X also focuses on the clinical integration of PoCUS skills by using cases on course day to review pathology and clinical management.

“EDTU X-Diagnostics” encompasses advanced point of care ultrasound applications for problems you’ll encounter in everyday practice. Whether it’s assessing abdominal pain for the presence of gallstones, deciding whether a soft tissue infection needs an incision and drainage or promptly identifying a retinal detachment so your patient can get urgent surgery, the skills taught in this course are valuable tools to augment your clinical decision making.

Learning Objectives

At the end of his program learners will be able to:

  • Generate views and identify relevant anatomy for the gallbladder, kidneys, eyes, soft tissues and lower extremity deep veins.
  • Identify gallbladder pathology such as cholelithiasis and cholecystitis
  • Identify renal pathology such as nephrolithiasis and hydronephrosis
  • Identify ocular pathology including lens dislocation, vitreous hemorrhage, globe rupture, posterior vitreous detachment and retinal detachment.
  • Identify soft tissue pathology including cellulitis, abscess and foreign bodies.
  • Identify a deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremities
  • Integrate these applications into the care of patients
  • Discuss the potential pitfalls and errors in performing and integrating these scans


CFPC (with pre/post activity) MAINPRO+ Up to 34 credits
RCPSC Section 1 Up to 17 hours


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 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 eight 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 $1700 $2000 $1500 $2000
Late Registration Fee $1800 $2100 $1600 $2100

Program Partners

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