Back to School!

Still thinking about that back to school list?

Since point of care ultrasound is part of the curriculum, shouldn’t we provide all of our students with a convenient and safe way to track their scans and progress? We certainly think so!

We’re working on a plan with @EchoLog so stay tuned, more details to come in a couple of weeks!


The Sasksonic team

USASKEM takes 2nd place at CAEP18 Sonogames


Plane Brilliance @CAEP2018 SONOGAMES – Strengthening Connections

We called ourselves #PlaneBrilliance – a triple pun! To say that the 2018 U of S Teamwas competitive – well that would be the obvious understatement of the year. First off, we have to thank the organizers of this year’s epic Sonogames battle-off. We definitely did not anticipate the creativity, the indirect knowledge acquisition, and the challenge of balancing that desperate need to laugh while trying to scan your way to victory.

 Day 1: The multi-team face off.qualifying 2.jpg

We recall people in ridiculously high wasted scrubs (we loved the look regardless), men in basketball jerseys from the 90s, teams with some serious poker faces, and of course the crowds that came to cheer on their home team. A special shout out goes to Dr. Roberts for being our lone supporter that first day (yes, everyone was there in spirit of course).

Qualifying 3.jpg Uof Manitoba "B"east Mode - cool shirts.jpg

Day 2: The final three: U of T, U of S, & McGill.

Suddenly, the crowds were much larger. Apparently people heard of teams having to use strange tools to scan their way through various skill and knowledge testing stations. The curiosity of what went down that first day was just too much to hold people back. Also when your teammate’s head is practically in the laptop screen having the most epic verbal diarrhea moment naming scans at lightening speeds, it makes for a great show, and also near impossible to write down all thn answers. Yes, we had an injury: writer’s cramp. Don’t worry though, Owen recovered beautifully.

Nonetheless, we were up against solid teams, had epic life line moments (cough cough: Dr. Olszynski – we are getting over it), and of course that final battle between us and the U of T trio. Did we mention we don’t lose well? However, it is easier when the winning team is pretty darn strong (we now send our official congrats to the U of T Yoko Sono Team).

We returned home, with our second place medals, hilarious memories, and are hungry for that first place finish next year!


Thank-you to Dr. Olszynski for being the ultimate ultrasound guru, to Dr. Taylor for being our ultrasound sponsor, and to the U of S EM Residents for turning that conference room into a stadium-like cheering section. You never disappoint.

Until Next Year,

Drs. Bindi Brar @bindibrar, Quinten Paterson @qpaterson, and Owen Scheirer @O_Scheirer


The Clinical Ultrasonography Elective in Clerkship (CUSEC) – Round 2!


After a successful first iteration in 2018, we are pleased to announce the return of the Clinical Ultrasonography Elective in Clerkship.

This elective is open to 4th year students (2nd year of clerkship) and will run from Feb 4th – 17th, 2019.

Details to register can be found here: CUSEC Feb 4-17 2019

Check out the abstract below (presented at Medical Education Scholarship and Research Day)

The Clinical Ultrasonography Elective in Clerkship (CU/SEC): A Pilot for Senior Clerkship Students at the University of Saskatchewan

Zafrina Poonja, Ali Turnquist, Paul Olszynski

PURPOSE: The objective of the clinical ultrasonography elective was for senior clerkship students to acquire the skills and knowledge to safely integrate into patient care the following  clinical ultrasound applications: pneumothorax, interstitial lung syndrome, pleural effusion/hemothorax, free fluid in the abdomen, pericardial effusion, abdominal aortic aneurysm, hydronephrosis, and bladder volume. The elective was deliberately designed to be relevant to a range of trainees including those pursuing residency training in internal medicine, general surgery, pediatrics, emergency medicine, neurology, family medicine and anesthesia.

METHODS: The trainees spent the first week of the elective scanning several standardized patients (12 hours in total) under the supervision of myself, another EM clinician, and a PGY4 EM resident who is completing a fellowship in POCUS. Each afternoon, the trainees participated in group discussion as well as lead a short presentation on the limits of POCUS in our core set of applications. The trainee’s skills and knowledge were evaluated at the end of the first week through a practical exam (scanning 4 patients across 3 scenarios) and MCQ exam. During the second week (clinical rotations in EM, IM, GSx and Neurology) trainees were evaluated by the clinical supervisors with in regards to clinical integration of POCUS into overall patient care. Programmatic evaluation was completed by all participants.

RESULTS: The trainee’s MCQ marks ranged from 80-95% (pass was set at 80%) and using an entrustment score on the practical exams, each was deemed “able to perform all of the scans with minimal or no prompting or supervision”. During the second week (a clinical rotation with the service of their choice/interest) the trainees were deemed to meet and/or exceed expectations as follows: 1) knowledge of the indications for clinical ultrasonography, 2) ability to reliably generate adequate images on a variety of patients, 3) demonstrate the ability to integrate clinical ultrasonography findings into the patients overall clinical assessment, 4) ability to describe the limitations of clinical ultrasound as well as impact on patient work up. The program was evaluated as very valuable with suggestions offered for improving the second (clinical) week of the elective.