SASKSONO21 (pandemic edition!)

This year we’re hosting a POCUS educator’s summit – a SONO-SUMMIT!

With increasing demands for POCUS training within the medical education spectrum, there are growing calls for guidance on curricular aspects like choosing what to teach, how to assess it, and how to define and determine competence in POCUS at all stages of training. Overall learner objectives include presenting the best available medical education evidence on POCUS in UGME, PGME and CME.


1) Best practices/evidence in UGME POCUS highlighting the Canadian Medical Students’ Ultrasound Curriculum (CanUCME group) as well as exploring key challenges including integration into the broader curriculum, equipment needs, and assessment. Link to the article found here!
2) Best practices/evidence in PGME POCUS with focus on competency based medical education (CBME) including entrustable professional activities, assessment with entrustment scores, and competency committees. Link to the Ultrasound Competency Assessment Tool validation found here!
3) Best practices/evidence in CME POCUS highlighting the need for longitudinal learning opportunities with CME recognition, supervision (both direct and indirect), scanning bootcamps, and the role of assessment for credentialing.

Each of the three main topics will be followed by a set of interactive workshops/break-out rooms (virtual) helping participants put ideas to paper/laptop while also getting a chance to ask/discuss challenges or questions with our experts. Workshops will include topics such as: Giving a good POCUS lecture, Teaching POCUS during clinical work, Preparing POCUS curriculum proposals, Using POCUS assessment tools, Completing EPA scores and narratives.

Save the date: Saturday morning, April 17th, 2021. Registration coming soon!


The SASKSONO19 program comes together!

Join us on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019!

This year, our  “DEEP DIVE” means we will be going beyond test performance metrics,  exploring in-depth the role clinical ultrasonography can have in improving patient outcomes and system efficiencies. Our conference includes a range of learning experiences including short lectures, hands on workshops for beginners as well as those already familiar with the basics, a Sono-Round Table to develop a multidisciplinary clinical ultrasonography framework at USASK, supervised scanning with top level coaching, as well as rapid oral abstracts and the always entertaining Sonogames!

As organizers, we are committed to delivering a conference that supports the learning and wellness of all our attendees. We have included several optional opportunities for networking, exercise, relaxation and laughter! We will also have spaces for breastfeeding/pumping for those who may choose to use them, and as organizers, will do our best to help attendees secure quality childcare if needed.  We also hope to be a low/minimal waste conference so please consider bringing your own coffee mug and/or water bottle.

Detailed Program:

7:30: Wellness Opportunity (optional) “Run at the speed of sound” or  “Sound walk with talk”. We will provide a meeting location and encourage our attendee runners and walkers to join us for a great start to the day!

8:00 – 9:00 am: Registration and breakfast

9:00 am: Introductions and acknowledgement of our Treaty 6 commitment.

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9:45 am: Dr. Peggy Lambos – Deep Dive into Pediatric POCUS

10:15 am: Nutrition break (Wellness oriented with healthy snacks offered)

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: Morning Concurrent Sessions

FUNdamentals: POCUS 101 will be an introductory session for those new to clinical ultrasonography/Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS). It will include flipped content sent to you before the conference as well as a quiz. The workshop will include a brief review ovf key concepts and hands on scanning practice of three core applications: scanning for abdominal and pleural fluid as well as pericardial effusion. Completion will include an assessment which, if passed, makes you eligible for more supervised scanning in the afternoon!

PROfound: USask’s first ever multidisciplinary POCUS Round Table will give Saskatchewan clinicians a chance to further guide the adoption and integration of POCUS throughout the province of Saskatchewan. We hope to establish provincial recommendations on training, scope of practice, documentation and quality assurance. Key recommendations will then be shared with the entire conference audience at the last session of the day for feedback and ratification. There will be flipped content sent out for this session including a draft framework document.Screen Shot 2019-01-03 at 2.04.29 PM.png

SONO EXPO: For those interested in exploring the spectrum of POCUS applications at USASK, we are excited to offer you deep dives into Inflammatory Bowel ultrasound as well as Pediatric EM ultrasound. And as usual, expect at least 30 minutes of hands on scanning and anatomy learning as well! This is a great opportunity for students and residents to explore applications outside the core USASK POCUS curriculum.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Break which includes a nutritious lunch, an optional stretching session, opportunities to connect with old friends and/or make new ones!

1:00 – 4:00 pm: Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

SONO Abstracts and SONOGAMES: Always inspiring, educational and a good time, the students square off with their abstracts and then go head to head in the sonogames.

1:00 pm: SonoAbstracts

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Clinical or educational research, QI Work, and case reports will be considered.
320 word limit
a) Clinical research abstracts should include: background, methods, results and conclusion.
b) Educational research abstracts should include background, description of intervention, outcomes and conclusion
c) Quality improvement should include background (with a clear QI methodology), aim statement, methods/intervention, results, and conclusion.
d) Case reports will be considered as well and should include introduction of case, summary of current evidence, highlight unique aspect of case, and conclusion.

2:00 pm to 3:45 pm : SONOGAMES

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SUPERVISED SCANNING: Struggling with an application or two? Need some POCUS coaching? Here’s your chance! Instructors qualified in basic, diagnostic and resuscitative POCUS will be on hand to help you take your scanning to the next level for 3 straight hours! And if that seems a bit daunting – don’t sweat it, we’ll offer a mid-point stretch and re-energizing session. This way you’ll be sure to finish strong as you head into the final hour which will include (for section 3 credits) a detailed assessment of your skills!

4 pm: Closing session

SONO ROUND UP: We will present the main recommendations for a USASK POCUS Framework as developed by the Round Table panels and participants. The audience will have the opportunity to provide feedback and vote using an audience response system.

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Summary of the Academic Program (subject to minor changes)

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Download the poster (with an active registration link) for distribution to your colleagues!

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This year’s SASKSONO conference (SASKSONO18) is shaping up to be pretty exciting with a focus on resuscitative ultrasound (aka Resusonology). Whether you’re a rural practicioner covering the ED, in flight (HEMS/Air Ambulance), part of the emergency team in an urban centre, or a hospital-based clinician managing patients in shock – this is the conference for you and registration is now open! Students, residents and members of acute care teams are welcome! We are offering concurrent sessions to meet your specific learning needs.



Check out the trailer!


Participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of clinical ultrasonography in the care of acute and critically ill patients – specifically the application of focused transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography in the management of patients in shock.
  • Draw the right conclusions from new data – focusing on patient safety and improved diagnostic accuracy.
  • Effectively communicate resuscitative ultrasound findings to colleagues ranging from pre-hospital to ED and beyond.
  • Apply learning in hands-on and simulation sessions to mprove technique and interpretation of scans as well as exploring the choreographic implications associated with the clinical integration of ultrasound to resuscitation.

We kick the weekend off with Echo Guided Life Support (EGLS) as our pre-conference course on Friday March 2nd, 2018.  We then go into a largely hands-on and small group learning environment for much of Saturday’s official programming. Registration for EGLS closes Feb 5th – don’t delay!!!

Here’s an overview – starting at 9 am sharp!
Opening plenaries: Drs. Tom Jelic and Joann Kawchuk review the key indications, approaches and outcomes associated with resuscitative POCUS in a variety of environments.
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Morning concurrent workshops include the FUNdamentals (ideal for students and novices – an 80 minute supervisedscanning session covering all shock related POCUS applications) and the Cutting Edge (designed for residents and clinicians, simulation- based small-group learning workshops delving into the clinical integration of TTE and TEE)
Afternoon concurrent sessions include more FUNDamentals (Lightning Abstracts and Sonogames) and a Resuscitative POCUS SKanapalouza (directly supervised scanning practice for participants who have attended a nationally recognized course- this session costs extra and space is limited)_DSF7156.jpg
Screen Shot 2018-01-07 at 12.03.31 PMFinal plenary – putting it all together! Details are top secret for now – let’s just say were aiming for dramatic effect.
All done by 4:15 pm!


Paul Olszynski