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Emergency Medicine (Advanced)

Course highlights

  • RUQ pain presentations;
  • RUSH Protocol (Heart, Basic Lung, Abdomen, IVC and DVT);


Course Dates
  • Select Start Date
  • 14 Oct 2024 $3,510.00
  • 02 Dec 2024 $3,510.00


Now that you can scan, it is time to integrate your point of care ultrasound (PoCUS) findings into holistic patient care. This Emergency Medicine advanced ultrasound course starts with a clinical problem, encourages multi-system scanning and challenges you with real case based discussions. It is not for the beginner.

You will spend the first two days honing your approach to the hypotensive patient. RUSH is more than just finding a mechanism for hypotension, it is about assessing the capacity of multiple systems to cope with ongoing demand.

Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) is so much more than gallbladder and common bile duct. Abandon your dichotomous labelling habit, think beyond ‘cholecystitis, or not’. Pay close attention to all tissues in the RUQ, learning where and when to look for signs of right heart pathology, lung pathology, renal and bowel disease.

Who should attend?

  • Emergency Physician
  • Geriatrician
  • Intensivist
  • Junior House Officer
  • Paediatrician
  • Retrieval Medicine Physician
  • Rural Generalist
  • Senior House Officer


The objectives of this ultrasound course for emergency medicine are:

  • The Bayesian approach to point of care ultrasound for appropriate management decisions;
  • Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimisation while performing ultrasound;
  • Practice hands-on ultrasound scanning skills to answer relevant clinical questions;
  • Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures in common clinical scenarios;
  • Perform eFAST, AAA, BELS, Proximal Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT) and Biliary tract scanning;
  • How to combine RUSH and RUQ protocols in a clinical scenario, with pathology and variants illustrated from real cases;
  • Describe the limitations of ultrasound and safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis and management.


The prior ultrasound experience assumed for this course is highlighted below.

None/Minimal Don’t use ultrasound
Limited Use ultrasound weekly/monthly
Moderate/Experienced Use ultrasound daily/weekly



CCPU units included in the course:

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
  • Extended Focused Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)
  • Focused Echocardiography in Life Support (FELS)
  • Proximal DVT
  • Renal Hydronephrosis & Calculi
  • Biliary

Approved for Educational Activities 22.75 hours.


This course is approved for 28 total activity hours. PDP units: 3 Performance Review, 12 Performance Review, 13 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 30. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


CPD Approved Activity under RACGP 2023-25 CPD program. Approved for Educational Activities 4.5 hours, Reviewing Performance 18 hours, specific requirements diagnostic radiology, 3 days Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery and Emergency Medicine training grants. Provider Number 214288, Activity ID 414692.

Theoretical 6
Practical 14.25
Total 20.25

Australian Institute of Ultrasound
2 Miami Key
Broadbeach Waters
QLD 4218

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Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided each day.