WORKSHOP OVERVIEW

This workshop focuses on improving clinical decision making and formulated medical recommendations by moving from the subjectivity of clinical examination to an objectivity of how to integrate the point of care ultrasound assessment to the clinical examination. We are also aiming to help the physicians to develop a clinical insight on how these skills can be applied to the clinical environment.

The workshop is being taught by many of our neonatal ultrasound experts from US and Canada. Will have limited number of participants to optimize their best hands-on learning environment. At the end of this workshop the participant would develop an understanding of the physics and utility of point of care ultrasound in neonatology; able to diagnose conditions commonly identified at the point of care ultrasound; and able to optimize their procedural skills in neonatology by using bedside point of care ultrasound technology.

How this workshop is different from other similar workshops?:

  • This is an interactive workshop with significant of the trainees time spent on hands on skills acquisistion.
  • This is the only workshop which provide a follow up opportunity of remote training and practice under remote supervision 

Target group:

  • Attending Neonatologists, Fellows, Residents and Nurse practitioners who are looking for a professional training in point of care ultrasound in neonatology
  • Pediatrician, Emergency Physicians, Radiologists, Sonographers, Allied health care workers including Respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, etc
  • Anyone who would like to focus on pursuing a career on providing POCUS in their neonatal / pediatric practice

The training has two main parts:

Part one: Through a combination of didactic and hands-on workshop sessions using simulation equipments and realistic phantom models, the workshop attendees will learn fundamentals of ultrasound physics and scanning techniques in following neonatal modules

  • Brain (Anatomy, Doppler, Brain injury, IVH, Post hemorrhagic ventricular dilatation, NIRS)
  • Heart (Anatomy, basic focused cardiac evaluation, approach to cardiovascular support)
  • Lung (Basic lung evaluation, diaphragm, upper airway and ETT position)
  • Intestine (Integrated assessment of Intestinal performance, NEC, liver, abdominal collections, Intestinal obstruction assessment)
  • Procedure (Vascular access, UA/UVC position, ventricular & bladder tap, lumbar puncture)

The workshop and attendees will be given a certificate of workshop attendance with Royal College CME accredited hours.

Part two (Optional): This part of the training course is optional with an additional fee for those who are interested to continue practicing in their centers under remote guidance and supervision and being reviewed by one of the senior instructors with timely feedback and advice until getting signed off in their pocus competencies. Currently we are offering this course for Brain and Lung Ultrasound modules only and have a plan to expand to other modules soon. (Part two training requires a separate registration, which would commence immediately after the workshop is over. More information would be provided during the workshop. Again it is extremely limited spots for Part 2. You can choose to reserve for you a spot along with the workshop registration by paying for the Part 2 option at the checkout)

The candidate who is able to successfuly complete part two would be granted a transcript of competencies achieved in each module and endorsed by senior pocus instructors.

At the end of each day of workshop the attendees will achieve a better understanding on the following:

Day 1: Brain ultrasound and assessment of cerebral autoregulation:

  • Brain anatomy and basic views on ultrasound
  • Ultrasound scanning protocol
  • Assessment of brain injury by ultrasound
  • Assessment of autoregulation by NIRS 

Day 2: Heart and lung ultrasound assessment in neonatal emergencies

  • Basics of heart anatomy and ultrasound
  • Heart assessment in neonatal and perinatal emergencies
  • Basics of Lung ultrasound
  • Decision making and logical approach to cardiovascular support
  • Assessment of the diaphragm, upper airway and ETT position

Day 3: Intestinal ultrasound and ultrasound guided procedures:

  • The value of relying on Intestinal ultrasound in Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • The value of relying on Intestinal ultrasound in intestinal obstruction
  • Intestinal ultrasound protocol
  • The utility of US in vascular access, and catheter tip positions
  • Assessment of liver and abdominal collections
  • The utility of US in lumber puncture, ventricular and bladder taps