Emergency Ultrasound Committee

Supporting emergency ultrasound education, research and clinical integration.

  • To promote emergency PoCUS education for practicing physicians, residents, and medical students.
  • To promote and foster collaboration in emergency PoCUS research
  • To assist in the development of Emergency PoCUS competency assessment tools and pathways for ongoing
    commence maintenance
  • To provide a networking forum for CAEP members interested in emergency PoCUS
  • To collaborate with other PoCUS groups, both nationally and internationally
Terms of Reference

Dan Kim


Gillian Sheppard

Education Lead

Colin Bell

Clinical Lead

Tom Jelic

Research Lead

Lianne McLean

Pediatric Co-Lead

Kenneth Williams

Resident Co-lead

Rafiq Andani

Rural Co-lead

Paul Pageau

Member at Large

Talia Brennan

Communications Lead

Christine Hanna

Member at Large

Kate Fathi

Member at Large

Noam Katz

Member at Large

Elizabeth Lalande

Member at Large

Jade Seguin

Pediatric Co-Lead

Kevin Lobay

Member at Large

Rajiv Thavanathan

Member at Large

Alice Chan


Nathan Hecht


David Bradbury-Squires

Rural Co-lead

Paul Olszynski

Past Chair

CAEP EUC Newsletter 2023

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Systematic Review:
2023 Winner: Kim DJ, Burton JE, Hammad A, Sabhaney V, Freder J, Bone JN, Ahn JS. Test characteristics of ultrasound for the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med 2023; doi:10.1111/acem.14660.

2022 Winner: Hussein L, Rehman MA, Jelic T, Berdnikov A, Teran F, Richards S, Askin N, Jarman R; SHoC Investigators and the Resuscitative TEE Collaborative Registry Investigators. Transoesophageal echocardiography in cardiac arrest: A systematic review. Resuscitation. 2021 Nov;168:167-175. doi: 10.1016/j.resuscitation.2021.08.001.

Prospective Study:
2023 Winner: Hilsden R, Mitrou N, Hawel J, Leeper R, Thompson D, Myslik F. Point of care biliary ultrasound in the emergency department (BUSED) predicts final surgical management decisions. Trauma Surg Acute Care Open. 2022 Sep 2;7(1):e000944. doi: 10.1136/tsaco-2022-000944.

2022 Winner: Surdhar I, Jelic T. The erector spinae plane block for acute pain management in emergency department patients with rib fractures. CJEM. 2022 Jan;24(1):50-54. doi: 10.1007/s43678-021-00203-x.

Retrospective Study:
2023 Winner: Lebeau R, Robert-Halabi M, Pichette M, Vinet A, Sauvé, Dilorenzo M, Le V, Piette E, Brunet M, Bédard W, Serri K, Poulin F. LV EF using a simplified wall motion score based on mid-PSSA and A4C views for non-cardiologists. BMC Cardiovasc Disord 2023; 23:115.

2022 Winner: Sharif S, Vlahaki D, Skitch S, Truong J, Freeman S, Sidalak D, Healey A. Evaluating the diagnostic accuracy of point-of-care ultrasound for cholelithiasis and cholecystitis in a canadian emergency department. CJEM. 2021 Sep;23(5):626-630. doi: 10.1007/s43678-020-00068-6.

2023 Winner: Bell C, Newbigging J, Sheppard G, Aspler A, Kim DJ. A primer for clinical POCUS leadership in your emergency department. CJEM 2023; 25:266-268.

2022 Winner: Aspler A, Wu A, Chiu S, Mohindra R, Hannam P. Towards quality assurance: implementation of a POCUS image archiving system in a high-volume community emergency department. CJEM. 2022 Mar;24(2):219-223. doi: 10.1007/s43678-021-00228-2.

2023 Winner: Chenkin J, Jelic T, Hockmann E. Optimizing simulator-based training for emergency TEE: A randomized controlled trial. AEM Educ Train 2023; 7:e10845.

2022 Winner: Prager R, Pageau P, Hodges T, Yan C, Woo M, Nemnom MJ, Millington S, Holden M, St-Gelais R, Cheung WJ. Characterizing the biomechanical differences between novice and expert point-of-care ultrasound practitioners using a low-cost gyroscope and accelerometer integrated sensor: A pilot study. AEM Educ Train. 2022 Apr 1;6(2):e10733. doi: 10.1002/aet2.10733.

Case Report/Series:
2023 Winner: Henneberry R, Weagle K. Emergency department point-of-care ultrasound diagnosis of a complete molar pregnancy presenting as first trimester bleeding. CJEM 2022; 24:783-785.

2022 Winner: Bouwsema M, Bell C. Hickam’s Dictum Incarnate: A Case of Simultaneous Left-Sided Urolithiasis and Ruptured Iliac Artery Aneurysm. POCUS J. 2022 Apr 21;7(1):127-128. doi: 10.24908/pocus.v7i1.15020.


Literature Primer Series: 

Kim DJ, Bell CR, Jelic T, Thavanathan R, Heslop CL, Myslik F, Lewis D, Atkinson P, Chenkin J, Buchanan IM, Olszynski P, Sheppard G, Burwash-Brennan T, Lalande E. Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) Literature Primer: Key Papers on Renal and Biliary POCUS. Cureus. 2023 Apr 8;15(4):e37294. doi: 10.7759/cureus.37294.

Kim DJ, Bell C, Jelic T, Sheppard G, Robichaud L, Burwash-Brennan T, Chenkin J, Lalande E, Buchanan I, Atkinson P, Thavanathan R, Heslop C, Myslik F, Lewis D. Point of Care Ultrasound Literature Primer: Key Papers on Focused Assessment With Sonography in Trauma (FAST) and Extended FAST. Cureus. 2022 Oct 6;14(10):e30001. doi: 10.7759/cureus.30001.

Ultrasound Curriculum Position Statement

Use of Point of Care Sonography Position Statement


Kim DJ, Burton JE, Hammad A, Sabhaney V, Freder J, Bone JN, Ahn JS. Test characteristics of ultrasound for the diagnosis of peritonsillar abscess: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med. 2023 Aug;30(8):859-869. doi: 10.1111/acem.

Subramony R, Spann R, Medak A, Campbell C. Ultrasound-Guided vs. Landmark Method for Subclavian Vein Catheterization in an Academic Emergency Department. J Emerg Med. 2022 Jun;62(6):760-768. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2021.11.002.


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