Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (POCUS)




Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS) has become an expected component of the emergency medicine toolkit. Both ACEM and ASUM expect competency with E-FAST, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA), Basic Echo in Life Support (BELS) and ultrasound guided Vascular Access. POCUS is a real time, non-invasive diagnostic and therapeutic tool which involves both theoretical and practical domains. It also requires a well-founded grounding in basic scanning techniques which lays the foundation for safe and effective ultrasound practice. This course was designed by Emergency Physicans for Emergency Medicine and General Physicians who aim to incorporate bedside ultrasound assessment into their practice. There is an emphasis on practical aspects led by expert sonographers and clinicians. A low student to tutor ratio ensures ample hands-on ultrasound practice on a diverse volunteer population, to give you the confidence of providing safe and focused bedside ultrasound assessments.




  • Introduction of physical principles of ultrasound and probe manipulation
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • EFAST protocol
  • Basic Echo in Life support (BELS)
  • Vascular Access
  • Procedural Guidance
  • Basic Early Pregnancy




At the end of this course the attendees should be able to:


  • Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound and its limitations in medical diagnosis


  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound.


  • Practice “hands on” ultrasound scanning skills required to maximise diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions


  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions


  • Perform E-FAST, AAA, BELS, Vascular Access, Early pregnancy ultrasound techniques


  • Acquire images obtained on normal adult volunteers & phantoms


  • Interpret images from normal adult volunteers


  • Recognise the variants and abnormalities from presentations and case-based learning.


  • Document the ultrasound findings


  • Equip the learner with the foundation skills to begin to incorporate the ultrasound skills with the clinical situation to make appropriate management decisions




ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Extended Focussed Abdominal Scan for Trauma (E-FAST)
  • BELS (Basic Echocardiography in Life Support)
  • Vascular Access
  • Early Pregnancy


ACEM |  This course accredited for 37 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies for AAA, E-FAST, BELS (including cardiac arrest) and Guided Peripheral Vascular Access and Pregnancy (1st trimester).


ACRRM I Approved PDP units = 33 Educational activity

Grant eligible Emergency Medicine I 3 days I Obstetrics, Surgery & Anaesthetics I 5 days


CICM | Lectures – Category 2A, points per hour 1;
Demonstrations – Category 2B, points per hour 2;

Skills – Category 3B, points per hour 3


RACGP | CPD Accredited Activity 40 points I Activity Number: 192281

Grant eligible Emergency Medicine I 3 days I Obstetrics, Surgery & Anaesthetics I 5 days



Gold Coast Office

2 Miami Key, Broadbeach Waters,

QLD 4218

Introduction to Emergency Medicine Ultrasound (POCUS) - 5 Day Course